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September 05, 2018

Manuka Honey Can Be Helpful in Reducing the Bacteria and Plaque that Cause Tooth Decay

Nobody wants tooth decay, otherwise known as a cavity.  And we especially don’t want our children to have a cavity.  But unfortunately, tooth decay is all too common.  But what exactly causes tooth decay?

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The sugars in foods like bread, beans, fruit, potatoes, and many others act with bacteria already in your mouth to form acids, which then combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth.  The acid in plaque, over time, will wear a hole in a tooth.  Once a hole gets in a tooth, then the bacteria can get inside the hole.  When that happens a cavity starts forming.  

The best way to prevent this from happening is good oral hygiene, which includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily.  And since the bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars, it’s important to rinse the sugars off of your teeth after every meal by drinking some water.  In addition, research has shown that Manuka honey can also be helpful in reducing the bacteria and plaque that cause tooth decay.

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Researchers at the Department of Periodontics, Modern Dental College & Research Centre in India explored strategies for reducing dental plaque.  One of the strategies explored used Manuka honey.  In the group of study participants that used the Manuka honey treatment, the subjects were trained to apply the honey gently into the space between the tooth and the gum tissue that surround all the teeth, wait for five minutes and then repeat the procedure twice.  The honey was applied twice a day after meals.  The study concluded that the Manuka honey reduced plaque formation significantly better than other treatments.

In another pilot study with children, Manuka honey was deposited on the surfaces of the teeth twice daily. After application, the children were instructed to hold the honey in the mouth and not swallow it for one minute; they were then asked to spit out the honey at the end of one minute, and not to eat/drink/rinse for 30 minutes thereafter.  There were statistically significant reductions in the bacteria that cause plaque and tooth decay.  The study concluded that the use of Manuka honey emerged as an effective adjunctive oral hygiene measure. 

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It’s important to note that high activity Manuka honey was used in these studies.  And don’t forget, when looking at a Manuka honey product label, just be sure it has the actual methylglyoxal (MG) level or the UMF rating.  Anything else can’t be trusted.  

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At Bees & Trees Manuka Honey, we are on a mission to bring understanding and assurance to you as the consumer.  We put the MG level right on our jar.  We happily provide our independent lab test to you for each and every batch of honey that we produce showing the actual MG content (linked at the bottom of each product page on our website).  We provide origin certification from Oritain, a global leader in preventing food fraud.  When you buy Bees & Trees Manuka honey, you can be confident that you're getting the real thing.  You deserve to know and to get what you are paying for.