Winnie the Pooh wasn’t lying: honey is a sweet, tasty treat enjoyed by humans and cartoon bears alike. What you may not know about honey is that it can benefit your oral health when used in moderation as a sugar alternative! At Edgewater Dental Arts, we’re always looking for natural sugar alternatives that our patients can turn to when they need to satisfy a sweet tooth. Today, we want to talk about some of the benefits of honey and ways to protect yourself from tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
Why Is Sugar Harmful?
Many of us know that sugary drinks can damage our oral health, but we might not understand why. When we consume food or drinks high in sugar, the bacteria in our mouth have a field day feeding on it and turning it into acid. Acid and bacteria can buildup and become plaque, a sticky biofilm that irritates gums and wears away on enamel, leading to tooth decay.
Is Honey Better Than Sugar?
While honey can be used as a pure sugar alternative, it’s important to remember that it also contains high amounts of sugar – it’s the reason honey is sweet! However, honey does have antibacterial properties that can fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Using honey as a sugar alternative that you consume in moderation can help keep your teeth healthy.
In general, there are some important guidelines to follow when eating sugar. First, consume sweet treats in moderation. Second, drink a glass of water afterward to help wash away sticky residue. Third, be sure you’re following a good oral hygiene routine: brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, floss every day, and visit our office regularly for cleanings and exams.
To ask our friendly team any questions about sugar alternatives or to schedule your next visit to our office, contact us today!