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

NZ Literature Abstract

posted by Research Admin on 20 May 2010


H. K. English
A. R. Pack
P. C. Molan

Year of Publication



Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology, 6(2), 63-7

Publication Type

Journal article (peer reviewed)

Publication Status



Pilot study that investigated whether manuka honey with an antibacterial activity rated UMF 15 could be used to reduce dental plaque and clinical levels of gingivitis. 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), and the percentage of bleeding sites (48% reduced to 17%) in the manuka honey group, with no significant changes in the control group.

Type of Study

Clinical trial, Randomised controlled trial