The Woodlands and Houston, TX
In Houston, we know purple nutsedge as a noxious weed. If you garden, it’s possible this sedge has caused significant frustration and proven resistant to nearly all control methods. If you have encountered purple nutsedge, you are probably not very fond of it.
However, for millennia, in cultures throughout the world, the purple nutsedge has been used as both a food source and medicine. Nutsedge has traditionally been used as an anti-inflammatory, a muscle relaxant, and a fever reducer, but a new analysis of 2,000 year old skeletons from a burial site in Central Sudan show it may help prevent cavities as well.
Researchers at the burial site noticed that less than one percent of the remains were impacted by signs of tooth decay. They now attribute this to bacterial inhibiting compounds found in the tubers of the purple nutsedge – food for thought the next time you’re battling this weed in your own yard.
We don’t recommend eating the tubers of purple nutsedge – they are infamously bitter and unpleasant. Instead, we suggest you brush after every meal and snack, floss at least once a day, and visit Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young every six months for professional cleanings and examinations. While not the culinary adventure of ancient cavity prevention techniques, modern dentistry offers a more comfortable, pleasant, and effective approach to keeping teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime.
To schedule you appointment with Dr. Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today.