While increasingly expensive dental treatments can force you to avoid visits to the dentist’s office, bad breath from the mouth can increase the risk of serious health ailments ranging from heart disease to vertigo. Bad breath also has a direct impact on your self-esteem and social life.
There are a host of factors that are responsible for causing halitosis or bad breath in the mouth.
Manuka honey is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for the management of bad breath. This article provides relevant information about how to use honey to treat bad breath.
Most people use mouthwashes to treat bad breath or halitosis. Unfortunately, conventional mouth wash treatment regimens don’t help treat the underlying cause for halitosis but only mask the bad breath. Also these mouthwashes provide only temporary relief.
Honey has been used for over centuries to treat bad breath. Honey has strong anti-microbial properties, which helps kill bacteria and germs in the mouth, which are the primary cause for bad breath.
How Manuka Honey Cures Bad Breath?
Honey has been used for centuries to treat bad breath; here is why it is so effective,
- Manuka honey has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Manuka honey produces hydrogen peroxide, when it comes in contact with gum tissue and this helps kill bacteria and microbes in the oral cavity, which are the primary cause for bad breath.
- Fortunately, unlike alcohol based mouth washes or antibacterial medicines, honey is very selective in bacterial destruction. Honey gets rid of only the bad bacteria and microbes, while allowing the good bacteria to grow normally. This makes honey more effective in treating halitosis
- Honey has hydroscopic properties i.e. it absorbs moisture. Most bacteria require moisture to survive and honey causes them to dehydrate. This prevents the bacteria from multiplying and also prevents them from spreading.
- Finally, antibacterial medications tend to kill be bacteria; as a result, successive use of antibiotics can lead to development of resistance in the bacteria making it harder to kill them. On the other hand, honey causes bacteria to dehydrate and freezes them, so there is no possibility to developing resistance.
How To Use Manuka Honey For Bad Breath?
In order to prevent bad breath, it is recommended to apply honey, especially manuka honey directly on the gums and massage them gently for about 2 to 5 minutes.
Another alternative is to mix one table spoon of manuka honey with half table spoon of cinnamon powder and add this mixture to a glass of hot water. Use this water to gargle in the morning and evening. This helps in healing the gums and controls infection which may be responsible for bad breath in the mouth.
While this treatment regimen may be very beneficial, it is important to remain well hydrated, maintain a good dental hygiene and develop healthy lifestyle practices like quitting smoking, reducing the consumption of alcohol and brushing and flossing your teeth regularly.