The condition of your mouth affects your entire body. If you have infected gums, it can contribute to a buildup in your arteries, leading to heart disease. Missing and loose teeth, vertigo, bad breath and loss of self esteem are just a few of the problems associated with a "sick mouth".
Due to the economy, many are putting dental visits on the back burner due to lack of money for office visits. If you are in this situation, you usually go to a dentist if something hurts, right? Sadly not all gum disease hurts, but the consequences can be devastating.
What if I told you that the secret to healthy gums is sitting right in your kitchen cupboard? What is it? Honey. The use of honey for gum disease is very effective and has been used for centuries. It is cheap, painless, fast and effective. Below are the reasons honey for gum disease is so effective.
- Honey, especially Manuka honey, is antibacterial and antifungal. Manuka honey produces hydrogen peroxide when it comes in contact with skin. This is an excellent quality of honey that really helps gums because it is able to administer this antiseptic agent directly to the gums as long as it remains there.
- Honey is discriminate when it comes to bacteria destruction. Usually alcohol-based mouthwash and other antibiotics tend to destroy both good and bad bacteria. But, honey gets rid of the bad ones, leaving the beneficial ones to continue to help fight gum disease.
- Most bacteria requires moisture to survive. One of honey’s amazing abilities is to extract moisture from microbes, and this will cause them to dehydrate. Another great fact about honey is that while the use of antibiotics kills bacteria, honey is able to “freeze” bacteria, thus preventing them from spreading. When bacteria is destroyed, such as by the use of antibiotics, resistance is formed and it becomes harder and harder to kill it. Not so with honey.
Okay, now that you have the three main ways honey fights gum disease, let's read about how you can use honey for your mouth's health.
Make Sure You Are Using "Manuka" Honey - The honey in the little honey bear jar just won't do. You may use that for eating, but not for medicinal use. Manuka honey from New Zealand is what you want. It might cost a bit more, but it is well worth the price.
Regimen - After brushing your teeth and flossing at night, take about a tablespoon of Manuka honey on your fingers and distribute this sweet, gooey ingredient all over your gums, massaging gently as you do. Leave this on, do not brush or rinse away. You may have to spit a couple of times, but that's okay. Do it nightly. You might also want to dilute the honey and use it as a poweful mouthwash during the day for a quick and easy mouth cleaner.
Another Important Thing To Remember - It is very important to supplement the above treatment with regular oral care. We've all heard it before, but brushing and flossing after meals and regular dental visits are essential elements for good mouth health.
My Personal Testimonial - My husband, who is pre-disposed to periodontal disease, has extremely strong teeth, but his gums need help 24/7. A few years ago, he started experiencing gum problems and went to the dentist for an evaluation. The dentist informed him that he would have to have gum surgery. Bummer. The surgery was scheduled a few weeks in the future.
I asked him to try the honey. Reluctantly he did, reasoning that if honey is so sweet, how in the world would it help an infection. Twice each day he massaged this golden, thick liquid on his gums. He also diluted it and used it as a mouthwash. In about a week, his breath started to smell better. I knew that it was working.
When he went in for surgery, he asked the dentist to look at his gums again. He was hoping that the simple honey treatment would be a blessing for him. The dentist examined his gums, looked puzzled, examined some more, and then asked him what he had been using on his teeth and gums. To his amazement, the infection had not only been arrested, but his mouth and gums were actually starting to heal. The power of Manuka honey for gum disease.
How many of you have ever used honey for gums or other medical condition? What were your results?
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