Research has found that certain types of honey may provide a tangible defense against dental cavities.
In his book, “The Honey Prescription: The Amazing Power of Honey as Medicine,” author Nathaniel Altman notes that another doctor “discovered that honey not only stops the growth of bacteria found in dental plaque, but it also reduced the amount of acid produced.
Manuka honey is the specific type many experts are observing for possible use in the field of oral care. It comes from New Zealand. According to sources, because of Manuka honey’s prominent levels of antibacterial agents, it can affectively be used to stop the growth of plaque and cavity causing bacteria.
Bacteria adhere to teeth with something called dextrin that is said to act like glue. Researchers say that eating Manuka honey can inhibit plaque buildup because it reduced the amount of dextrin present in one’s mouth; therefore eliminating the surface area bacteria can stick to.
According to related studies, honey displays the ability to manifest hydrogen peroxide when diluted. In 1919, it is said that researchers clearly observed this paradoxical phenomenon. Therefore, officials have concluded that the antibacterial properties of honey are actually elevated with it is diluted.
“Although the level of hydrogen peroxide in honey is very low it is still effective as an antimicrobial agent,” states Peter Charles Molan Ph.D., who conducted the study. Dr. Molan is a professor of biological sciences at the University of Waikato.
Traditionally, honey has been known to provide relief for ulcers, burns and several other skin conditions, due to its natural antiseptic components.
The potency of antiseptic qualities varies among different kinds of honeys. There are reported to be an estimated 300 different types of honey identified across the world. However, researchers and scientists have found Manuka to have some of the highest, and most promising in the possible prevention of tooth decay.