Al Khiday 2 is a pre-Mesolithic burial site in Central Sudan where researchers have recently discovered something very interesting: fewer than one percent of the tooth remains located in the burial site contain even the slightest sign of tooth decay. No cavities. No infections. Just clean, healthy, and strong teeth. And what has been identified as the source of these uncommonly healthy teeth? Purple nutsedge, a noxious weed more likely to be killed than eaten by New Jersey gardeners.
Researchers have found that the tubers of purple nutsedge contain bacteria inhibiting properties and, as this plant is native to the Sudanese region, was likely used as both a food source and medicine by these ancient people. Dumont family dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter does not, however, recommend you integrate this rather bitter tuber into your daily diet.
Modern dentistry allows for the prevention of cavities without the consumption of questionable weeds. Simply brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting our office for biannual cleanings and examinations is all it takes to protect and strengthen teeth. Better yet, this oral hygiene routine does not require the cultivating of noxious and foul-tasting plants – favoring instead more pleasant and effective methods of keeping teeth clean and healthy for a lifetime.
If you are due for a dental appointment, please contact Dumont Cosmetic Dental today. Our family dentist serves Bergenfield, Paramus, and surrounding areas of New Jersey from our conveniently located Dumont office.