5 Powerful benefits of Manuka honey (slideshow)

3. Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that can cause the gums to be swollen, puffy, receding, sometimes tender or that bleed easily.

Manuka honey can also kill the bacteria that cause gingivitis. One 2004 study found that people who chewed or sucked on a Manuka honey product were able to significantly reduce plaque in their mouth and improve their gingivitis. Another study conducted in 2014 found that people receiving orthodontic care could reduce the bacteria in their mouth and their risk for gingivitis by chewing Manuka honey. So if you have dental problems, Manuka honey might be a helpful addition to your oral care regimen.

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.