Grape seed extract found to prevent tooth decay and extends life of dental fillings

Grape seed extract found to prevent tooth decay and extends life of dental fillings
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(NaturalHealth365) Are you concerned about the health of your teeth?  Well, grape seed extract is just another example of how good nutrition can help keep your teeth strong.  If you’ve ever had a tooth repaired by a dentist, you’ll want to read this report – very carefully.

Few fillings last a lifetime, whether they are made of amalgam materials or composite resin. Amalgam, which is a combination of metals, tends to be longer-lasting.  But, its content of mercury and other toxic materials make it a far less desirable choice.

Composite resin is a more appealing dental filling material in many ways.  Its blend of plastic and fine glass particles can even be tinted and adjusted to perfectly match your existing tooth color.  The only (minor) downside is that composite resin fillings tend to last only half the time of amalgam fillings. (but, still a small price to pay for protecting your health)

Dental fillings usually fail due to secondary cavities

However, research is showing that natural compounds contained within grape seed extract could be used to help strengthen the dentin within the teeth. This in turn could increase the lifespan of composite resin fillings. The current research about grape seed extract was conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

The dentin portion of the teeth forms the majority of their calcified extracellular tissue and is located right underneath the hardest portion of the tooth, the external enamel.  In addition, dentin is comprised mostly of collagen – the same protein that gives structure to the skin and connective tissues.

Composite resin fillings must bind to the dentin; however, the interface between the two can become weak, paving the way for tooth restorations to break down.

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When fillings fail, what usually happens is that tooth decay has formed around it, compromising the seal between the tooth and the filling. Reinforcing the interface in the dentin layer sets the stage for a better bond and a longer lasting restoration.

Flavonoids in grape seed extract support tooth resin in adhering to dental fillings

In the study, grape seed extract was found to effectively increase the strength and integrity of the dentin layer. This allowed it to be a better receptacle for composite fillings.

The researchers believe that the effectiveness of grape seed extract in preventing tooth decay and preserving dental fillings is due to its support in the self-repair process within teeth. It seems that damaged collagen can repair itself faster in the presence of plant-based flavonoids called oligomeric proanthocyanidins.

Grape seed extract is particularly rich in these compounds. It assists in interlocking the collagen-rich dentin and resin of the fillings – creating better adhesion and durability of the filling.

Use grape seed extract to help prevent tooth decay and increase the lifespan of dental fillings

Over 90 percent of U.S. adults have had at least one cavity.  But, millions of people have this problem – and don’t even know it!

Cavities form when bacteria produces acid that in turn erodes tooth enamel minerals faster than it can self-repair. Secondary cavities – around the margin of the filling – are the most common causes of failed tooth restorations.

If you have composite resin fillings, consider using grape seed extract to increase their lifespan and see a well-trained, biological dentist for any repairs that are needed.  By the way, another related study found that Chinese red pine root bark extract could also have similar tooth-strengthening properties.

Of course, to keep your teeth healthy, minimize the consumption of processed sugars, eating a diet rich in minerals and maintain good oral hygiene habits like brushing with a drop or two of essential oils (daily) to keep your mouth fresh and clean.

Sources for this article include:

ScienceDaily.com
UIC.edu


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Dee Dee Crowe
Dee Dee Crowe
3 years ago

How do you take the grapeseed extract ? Do you consume it to strengthen from within, or brush with it? Or both? Just wanting to know how to USE it. : ) Thanks, : )

d-dectiri
d-dectiri
Reply to  Dee Dee Crowe
3 years ago

The veterinary versions are for brushing on…… so….

urdivine
urdivine
Reply to  Dee Dee Crowe
3 years ago

I found the answer to yours, and others good question, on this site.
https://www.wellnessresources. com/ news/grape- seed- extract- helps- strengthen-teeth

“This study supports using grape seed extract to promote stronger and healthier teeth. The experimental conditions involved direct contact of the grape seed extract with the tooth structure. This can be accomplished by emptying a capsule of grape seed extract into a small amount of water and then swishing it around in your mouth before swallowing, remembering to let it sit on the teeth even after swallowing. Since grape seed extract has a pleasant dried grape flavor, this should not be a problem for children, who will benefit from ingestion of the nutrient as well.”

{here is more from the same article]

“To make your own anti-cavity mouthwash, simply mix ¼ teaspoon of coral calcium powder in water with the grape seed extract, then swish it around in your mouth and swallow. A good time to do this is after brushing your teeth before bedtime and/or after breakfast.

Mandy Sabin
Mandy Sabin
3 years ago

Grape seed extract is a good defense. I would have a cavity filled and find that the same area will need another filling. Anything that can protect against tooth decay is a major breakthrough.

Be A Freeman
Be A Freeman
3 years ago

Great advice! Keep the tips coming Health Ranger!

Loves Disciple
Loves Disciple
3 years ago

Wonderful!! However, you didn’t say whether it’s ingested and or swished in the mouth. Please respond.