Brush Your Teeth With Honey? (Why You Should)
It’s common knowledge that sweet things are bad for your teeth and gums, so attempting to cure gum disease by eating honey is a little bit ridiculous, right?
Wrong. What most people don’t know is that raw, natural honey has powerful antibacterial properties that are actually effective in treating gum disease and preventing tooth decay.
When I was a kid, it was drummed into me that sugar rots your teeth and causes cavities. However, the truth is that sugar does not cause tooth decay or gum disease - bacteria does. The main “bad guys” destroying our oral health are bacteria and inflammation.
Inflammation in the gums, when not properly taken care of, can spread and affect the surrounding teeth and even the bones beneath. It can lead to excruciating pain, receding gums, and even loss of teeth.
Why Use Honey for Healthy Teeth and Gums?
Even though honey has a high sugar content, its natural antibacterial properties destroy harmful bacteria in the mouth, preventing gum disease, tooth decay, and even bad breath.
- Research has shown that honey contains an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide, which is believed to be one factor in its antibacterial activity.
- Honey not only curbs dental plaque and bacteria growth but it also reduces the amount of acid produced in the mouth, which stops the bacteria from producing dextran, a component of dental plaque that stubbornly adheres to the surface of the teeth.
- Some honey is so strong against bacteria in laboratory testing, even outperforming antibiotics and other traditional forms of medication.
- Unlike commercial products, honey only seems to destroy harmful bacteria, and leaves the good bacteria alone that should remain in the mouth.
Many scientists and researchers are developing honey-infused toothpastes and mouthwashes, but you don’t need to pay a premium price for these commercial products. Just learn how to use honey at home!
Yours for better health,
Dr. Joshua Levitt