Researchers found you can extend the life of resin fillings by strengthening dentin through grape seed extract.

The University of Illinois at Chicago was the site where the research emerged, according to Science Daily. A natural compound exists in grape seed extract that strengthens dentin.

What Is Dentin?

When you look at someone’s teeth, you see the outer layer of tooth, which is the enamel. Dentin is the tooth layer below the enamel. It makes up most of the tooth and mostly consists of collagen. Collagen is the main protein structure found in the skin and connective tissues.

Facts About Resin Fillings

While resin fillings are light colored and look far more natural than metal fillings, they typically last only five to seven years. In contrast, metal fillings last around 10 to 15 years longer.

The resin binds to dentin but the area between the dentin and the filling is the weak point. When a restoration breaks down, this point is where it fails. Decay can form in the area and the seal between the resin and dentin is lost.

What You Should Know About Cavities

An estimated 90 percent of adults from the ages of 20 to 64 have cavities, which are holes where bacterial acid works faster to erode the teeth than minerals can repair it. Dentists fill teeth by removing decay with a drill and seal the hole with the filling.

How Grape Seed Extract Works

Researchers found that the plant-based flavonoids that exist in many foods and vegetables combined with grape seed extract help damaged collagen to repair itself. The possible benefit of using grape seed extract is its ability to prevent tooth decay. Another study also showed that root bark from Chinese red pine trees contains similar properties to grape seed extract.

Do You Have Questions About Dental Care?

At Hutto Hippo Family Dental, Dr. Baker can answer your questions and help you take good care of your teeth.