Worried that your sweet tooth is ruining not just your diet but also your teeth? Well, there is one “sweet” that actually has oral benefits: manuka honey! Manuka honey, unlike other types of honey, contains compounds that makes it even more of a healthy superfood.
Thanks to a compound known as methylglyoxal, manuka honey is packed full of antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. The more methylglyoxal there is in manuka honey, the more ‘powerful’ it is.
To differentiate between the different grades of honey, simply look at the ‘Unique Manuka Factor’ or UMF that is listed on the jar. Manuka honey that is rated UMF 10+ and above has potent qualities, and is highly recommended for enhancing your well-being.
Here are 2 ways manuka honey is good for dental health:
Manuka honey helps fight plaque and gingivitis
Gingivitis is a common periodontal diseases wherein the gums and tissues surrounding the teeth are swollen, irritated and sometimes bleeding. This inflammation of the gums is directly caused by the formation of plaque on teeth, and is usually treated by dentists.
You can use manuka honey as a natural remedy to help reverse gingivitis!
A pilot study has shown that manuka honey can prevent plaque and gingivitis. Thanks to the antimicrobial qualities of manuka honey, participants in the study experienced lower mean plaque scores and less bleeding sites in their gums during the period of research.
Manuka honey helps prevent tooth decay
The compounds in manuka honey can hinder the growth of oral bacteria, and this can help prevent tooth decay.
Research showed that manuka honey was helpful in fighting off a common oral bacteria called Streptococcus mutans. The presence of this bacteria in the oral cavity can lead to the introduction to other bacteria harmful to oral health, and suggests that manuka honey can fight dental caries and tooth decay.
Plus, you can rest assured that consuming manuka honey will not lead to cavities! Studies have shown that honey is less likely to cause cavities compared to sugar. Consider substituting manuka honey for sugar in drinks such as tea.
How to Use Manuka Honey for Dental Health
When using manuka honey for health purposes, remember that the higher the UMF, the more effective it is! You can try using our Pure New Zealand Manuka Honey UMF 10+.
For oral care, we recommend using a mixture of manuka honey and warm water as a mouthwash. Simply dissolve 1 - 2 teaspoons of manuka honey into warm water and swish it in your mouth as you would with any other mouthwash.
You can also just consume the manuka honey on its own, just remember to leave the manuka honey in your mouth for 20 - 30 seconds (almost like a mouthwash) before eating it!
For bleeding gums, you can apply manuka honey directly to the affected area.