Purple nutsedge is considered by most people in Virginia to be a noxious weed. However, to people living in pre-Mesolithic Sudan, it may have been the key to cavity-free teeth. Researchers at a 2000 year old burial site in Central Sudan have identified tooth decay in less than one percent of those buried there. They attribute this phenomenon to the bacteria inhibiting properties found in the tubers of purple nutsedge, a food that was likely a staple in this ancient culture.

Foods that Help Prevent Cavities

When combined with a thorough oral hygiene routine, foods high in calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, and iron may help prevent tooth decay and other oral health issues. However, foods alone cannot be relied on for optimal oral health.

Fairfax dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban strongly encourages a healthy and well-balanced diet. She also encourages a consistent at-home oral hygiene routine and biannual visits to our office for professional cleanings and examinations. Taking these steps can not only help keep your teeth and gums healthy, they can help ensure a bright and beautiful smile for years to come.

To schedule your next appointment with our Burke, Virginian office, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban today.