Eating Weeds for Healthy Teeth?

If you live in Pennsylvania, you know the purple nutsedge as a noxious and impossibly difficult to kill weed. If you lived in ancient Sudan, this same weed may have been the reason your teeth were so healthy.

Only one percent of the recently analyzed skeletons from a 2,000 year old burial site in Central Sudan have signs of tooth decay. This means no cavities, abscesses, or other indications of poor oral health commonly found in pre-Mesolithic teeth. Researches have attributed this unusual oral health to bacteria-impeding compounds found in the tubers of the purple nutsedge. However, whether eaten as a food source or taken intentionally as medicine is currently unknown.

Modern Dental Practices

The Pittsburgh dentists at Dentonics do not recommend eating purple nutsedge or any other weed for dental hygiene purposes. We do recommend adopting a thorough daily routine and visiting our office twice a year for professional cleanings and examinations.

Your regular visits to our office allow us to thoroughly clean and polish your teeth. They also allow us to identify and treat minor oral health issues before they become serious dental concerns – helping keep your teeth clean and healthy for a lifetime.

To schedule your next dental appointment, please contact Dentonics, Inc. today. Our dentists serve Pittsburgh, Allison Park, and surrounding Pennsylvania communities.

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