One of the side effects of our current system based on overly processed, sugar and refined carbohydrate heavy foods is an epidemic of periodontal diseases and disease symptoms like gingivitis and bleeding gums, which if left unchecked could lead to the loss of a tooth or other serious side effects.
But the good news is that oral health is far simpler than we’ve been led to believe by the dental industry. Nature has provided us with countless incredible home remedies for these and other conditions that simply require a commitment to learning about and using them on a daily basis, and at the right times.
In the case of bleeding gums and gingivitis, there are plenty of useful natural remedies.
One many people are still not aware of just so happens to be one of the most powerful anti-bacterial substances on planet Earth (manuka honey), with health benefits that include everything from stopping gingivitis and bleeding gums in their tracks to even eradicating the dreaded antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA in a clinical setting, just one indicator of its powerful ability to heal even the most menacing bacterial diseases with proper use.
Symptoms of Periodontal Diseases Including Gingivitis
With the instances of periodontal disease on the rise according to the CDC (almost 50% of people have some type of periodontal and most don’t even know it), it’s more important than ever to know the symptoms to avoid losing a tooth or much worse.
Gingitivtis is the most well known form of periodontal disease, and symptoms of it include:
-Bright red or purple colored gums
-Halitosis, aka bad breath
-Inflammation or swelling
Symptoms of other periodontal diseases are quite similar, and may also include loose teeth, tender gums or even tooth loss.
Unfortunately as noted by the statistics above, these diseases are becoming quite common (it’s not just about cavities anymore), because of how few people choose to focus on dental health. Brushing our teeth twice a day is helpful (especially when using a powerful natural toothpaste that is fluoride-free), but if you’re eating too many refined sugar or carb-heavy meals, you’re allowing bad bacteria to take up permanent residence in your mouth.
Thankfully, a so-called “mysterious” form of honey is able to tackle the problem when chewed after each meal, regardless of what you may have eaten.
People Who Chew Manuka Honey Reduce Bleeding Gums by Almost 50%
The benefits of eating local honey are well established, but one of the most powerful forms of medicinal honey in the world comes from one of the most faraway places for most people: the countries of Australia and New Zealand, where manuka honey has been gained recognition worldwide for its unique health benefits.
Manuka honey has countless benefits, including one specific benefit for suffers of bleeding gums and gingivitis that could change the equation practically overnight.
In this case, people who chewed on a form of manuka honey “leather” for just 10 minutes three times a day after each meal saw a significant positive change. Bleeding gum sites were greatly reduced compared with a control group who chewed on sugarless gum. Manuka honey also has the ability to kill harmful plaque in the mouth which can lead to infections, tooth decay, gum swelling and more.
From a 2004 study in the Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology:
Analysis of the results indicated that there were statistically highly significant reductions in the mean plaque scores (0.99 reduced to 0.65; p=0.001), and the percentage of bleeding sites (48% reduced to 17%; p=0.001), in the manuka honey group, with no significant changes in the control group.
While sugarless gum manufacturers like Trident love to brag about the relatively small benefits of chewing on their aspartame-laced products, the truth is that manuka honey and other natural substances are far superior for killing harmful bacteria.
The study was of the pilot variety, but it’s yet another in a long line of studies proving the benefits of manuka honey, including the ability to soothe sore throats, heal infections, support digestive health and much more.
If you’ve never seen manuka honey before, it’s characteristics include a darker, richer body and aroma compared with regular honey, and it is generally thicker and not as easily spreadable.
How to Get Manuka Honey Benefits for Periodontal Diseases Like Gingitivtis
Manuka honey can be found at many health food stores or online, and is traditionally sold in small jars to be used in a wide variety of ways.
If you’re looking for results similar to the study for gum disease, bleeding gums or other periodontal disease, it’s important to make sure your manuka honey has a UMF value of at least 15. The term UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor, a phytochemical substance bees collect from manuka bushes in Australia and New Zealand giving the honey its unique anti-bacterial properties.
If you’re looking for a way to recreate the results of the study, you can heat manuka honey and place it into a mold, and then place in the fridge for about 30 minutes to make manuka chews (see sample recipe here, you may want to modify it to take out the berries). Alternatively, look for manuka honey lozenges at the health food story and chew on them after meals for at least ten minutes, making sure that the UMF factor is high enough before buying.
Manuka honey chews can sometimes be found at health food stores, but many brands sold on the Internet do not list whether or not they are UMF certified.
Just to be safe, make sure your manuka honey is UMF certified at a level of at least 15 to receive the full benefits for bleeding gums or other bacteria-based diseases and conditions.
The brand Happy Valley (Premium New Zealand Honey) makes a UMF certified 15+ level manuka honey, with over 70% five-star reviews on Amazon.com.
“This is our miracle honey, we cannot say enough amazing things about it,” said one five-star review about the honey named Jill Brown. “We’ve been using it daily as a preventative measure for all the yucky elementary school germs that my kids are bringing home, and we have somehow avoided everything (fingers crossed)! I’ve actually made some haters change their mind after telling me how crazy I am, then trying it, and it got rid of their cold within a day or two!”
For more information on this type of manuka honey, click here.
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