Do you take a probiotic to keep your gut healthy?
There is some evidence in emerging research to suggest there is a reduction in levels of cariogenic bacteria, including streptococcus mutans in people that take probitics. This is helping to reduce their risk of dental decay. (Cairogenic = causing tooth decay).
Probiotics may also manage oral malodour, suppressing the production of volatile sulphur compounds produced by certain bacteria, that contribute to smelly breath.
These beneficial bacteria can alter the ecology of our mouths. They crowd out and control levels of specific oral pathogens.
Dental probiotics have also shown promising results alongside clinical periodontal treatment which could be a real boon to many people.
Oral care products containing probiotics are being pioneered in toothpastes, mouthwashes and lozenges.
Another study (from as far back as 2006) suggests that probiotics can reduce symptoms of gingivitis. (Gingivitis is also known as gum disease).
- It can cause swollen, tender gums and sensitive teeth.
The researchers gave people with gingivitis a supplement containing either a probiotic bacterium known as Lactobacillus reuteri or a placebo.