Dental Problems

Honey and Teeth

Honey and TeethYou very often hear over and again the importance of avoiding sugar and sweets for better health of teeth and to clean your teeth well if you do indulge in these sinful temptations. But you need to know which sugars damage your teeth and which actually helps before deciding on your resolution of abstinence.

Honey and Teeth (Honey for tooth?)

Yes, honey is a good antimicrobial and has a great number of applications for treating all sorts of gum diseases, besides a host of other ailments. Honey Certain kinds of honey may not be any better for your teeth than refined sugar, but on the other hand, there are some types of honey which are famed for their antimicrobial properties.

Honey contains an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide, believed to be one of the major reasons for the antimicrobial activity of honey. Kinds of honey differ much in their antimicrobial property, varying so much as hundred fold. New research has shown that honey not only curtails the onset of the dental plaque bacteria, but also reduces the amount of acid produced, which stops the bacteria from producing dextran and tooth decay. Dextran, a component of dental plaque, is the gummy polysaccharide that the bacteria produce in order to adhere to the surface of the teeth, causes tooth decay.

How honey is used on teeth?

Some recommend simply rubbing it into the gums after brushing.  Since Maruka honey retains it’s antimicrobial properties when diluted up to 50 times, it may likely be able to be used as an oral irrigant, when diluted with distilled or filtered water, and injected straight into periodontal pockets using an oral irrigator.

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