Probiotics are typically advertised as being helpful for digestion. However, studies have shown that they can also improve oral health. Probiotics are beneficial for fighting infections that lead to oral disease.
A study published in Contemporary Clinical Dentistry has found
that probiotics can reduce gum bleeding in patients with moderate to severe
gingivitis. In the trial, children were given either a placebo or two different
combinations of probiotics. At the three-week mark, it was discovered that
children who took probiotics had significant improvements in their gingival
Periodontitis is another oral disease that probiotics have
been shown to fight. Periodontitis is caused by harmful bacteria that separate
teeth from the gums creating pockets that can become infected. Probiotics can
fight harmful bacteria and lessen the inflammation to help heal the mouth.
Another finding from the trial of the Contemporary Clinical
Dentistry showed that children who took probiotics also saw a significant
decrease in plaque. The reduction of plaque leads to less decay. Probiotics fight
the plaque and occupy the spaces on the teeth where bad bacteria thrive.
Minimizing Bad Breath
Another benefit of probiotics is the effect they have on bad
breath. Bad breath is usually caused by volatile sulfur compound bacteria
releasing odor-causing gases. Because probiotics are healthy bacteria, it is
believed that they can eliminate the bad bacteria and maintain a healthy
bacteria balance in your mouth.
The benefits of probiotics are not just limited to the digestive
health. Researchers continue to conduct studies to discover new ways probiotics
contribute to a healthy mouth and body.
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