Sweet Honey Can Cure Gum Disease?
It may seem crazy, but a natural cure for gum disease is honey. How can something so sweet keep your teeth strong and healthy?
Honey has an antimicrobial that treats gum disease. The thing is that not ALL honey has the power to treat gum disease. The trick is to find the variety of honey that has a higher concentration of antimicrobial properties.
According to Professors at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, honey contains an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide. This is the secret to the antimicrobial activity in honey. It helps prevent dental plaque bacteria from growing and reduces acid. This stops the bacteria from producing dextran, which is a dental plaque component that sticks to the surface of teeth.
The strongest potency of antimicrobial properties in honey comes from the Manuka bush found in New Zealand. Manuka honey not only has hydrogen peroxide antibacterial properties, but it has a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), which makes it twice as potent. The antibacterial that Manuka produces is not affected by the body’s enzymes that break down hydrogen peroxide components. Two other forms of honey effective at fighting gum disease is Rewarewa and Wild Flora.
While scientists are coming up with new ways to develop a product, such as a toothpaste or mouthwash, you can use this honey by simply rubbing it into your gums after you brush your teeth.
Look for new products in the future made from the unique Manuka bush from New Zealand!