Honey in toothpaste? Sounds weird….
A frequently asked question about my toothpaste is how can a sweetener be good for your teeth and gum? Sounds counterintuitive doesn’t it? After all raw honey is comprised of fructose and glucose, proportioned depending on the source of nectar, but is good for your teeth. Sugar also contains fructose and glucose (about 50/50), but is bad for your teeth. The major difference between the two sweeteners is raw honey also contains a host of minerals including magnesium and potassium. In addition to pollen it’s also rich in antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins that are great for your teeth and gum. Not only can honey help fight tooth decay, it can also help reduce dental cavities.
Dr. Peter C. Molan, Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, has researched how honey stops the growth of dental plaque bacteria. It also reduces the amount of acid produced, which stops the bacteria from producing dextran. Dextran, a component of dental plaque, is the gummy poloaccharide that the bacteria produces in order to adhere to the surface of teeth.
The honey in my toothpaste, as well as all the other ingredients, have been carefully researched and formulated. With proper oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing regularly, it will help tremendously in preventing cavities and other gum and teeth related problems.
I sincerely hope this helps to clarify why we included raw honey in our toothpaste.