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The effects of manuka honey on plaque and gingivitis: a pilot study.

The effects of manuka honey on plaque and gingivitis: a pilot study.

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1 Abstract Title The effects of manuka honey on plaque and gingivitis: a pilot study.

2 Abstract Source  Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology, 6, 63-67.

3 Abstract Author(s) English, H., Pack, A. & Molan, P.

4 Article Affiliation Discipline of Periodontology, School of Dentistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

5 Abstract Research has shown that manuka honey (Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. Advocates say it treats wound infections and other conditions)has superior antimicrobial properties that can be used with success in the treatment of wound healing, peptic ulcers (are sores that develop in the lining of the stomach, lower esophagus, or small intestine. They're usually formed as a result of inflammation caused by the bacteria H. pylori, as well as from erosion from stomach acids)and bacterial gastro-enteritis (a very common condition that causes diarrhoea and vomiting). Studies have already shown that manuka honey with a high antibacterial activity is likely to be non-cariogenic (not causing tooth decay). The current pilot study investigated whether or not manuka honey with an antibacterial activity rated UMF 15 (is a quality trademark and grading system identifying natural unadulterated manuka honey that has a special unique natural property found only in some strains of manuka honey.) could be used to reduce dental plaque (  sticky deposit on teeth in which bacteria proliferate)and clinical levels of gingivitis (a common and mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gingiva, the part of your gum around the base of your teeth). A chewable "honey leather" was produced for this trial. Thirty volunteers were randomly allocated to chew or suck either the manuka honey product, or sugarless chewing gum, for 10 minutes, three times a day, after each meal. Plaque and gingival bleeding scores were recorded before and after the 21-day trial period. 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.
These results suggest that there may be a potential therapeutic role for manuka honey confectionery in the treatment of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

6 Summary Several studies have come out recently describing how Manuka honey can help cure gingivitis and periodontal disease. Due to its superior antimicrobial properties, it has been discovered that chewing or sucking on a Manuka honey product not only caused a 35% decrease in plaque, it led to a 35% reduction in bleeding sites in people suffering from gingivitis.

7 Article Published Date 01/04/2004.

8 Study Type pilot study.

9 Substances Manuka honey.

10 Diseases Gingivitis.

11 Pharmacological Actions  Antimicrobial in dental plaque and clinical levels of gingivitis.

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