Maintaining proper oral hygiene is very important if you want your teeth to remain healthy and free of decay for years to come. Probiotics have proven to be a very effective tool for improving oral health. If you’ve never heard of probiotics before, these are healthy bacteria that can be used to benefit your oral health in a variety of different ways. If you’ve been searching for solutions that will help you bolster your tooth strength and health, you’ll definitely want to consider oral-probiotics.
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What Are Oral-Probiotics?
Probiotics are good and healthy bacteria that are particularly beneficial for your digestive system. When consumed, these probiotics will improve and restore the flora in your gut. However, the health benefits that they provide can also be applied to your oral health, which has been verified in recent years through several different studies. This healthy bacteria can be obtained via supplements or certain foods like yogurt. The primary foods that are rich in probiotics include:
- Soft cheeses
- Sour pickles
- Sourdough bread
While it’s possible to obtain these probiotics in supplement form, it’s recommended that you instead consume foods that are rich in probiotics. People who have a high risk of developing infections should be very cautious when consuming concentrated supplements. While probiotics are healthy, there’s a chance that too much probiotics can lead to the development of an infection.
How Oral-Probiotics Can Benefit Your Oral Health
While probiotics are known for providing an array of benefits for gut health, they are also surprisingly effective at bolstering a person’s oral health. Whether you’re attempting to prevent decay or simply want to manage the symptoms that you’re already experiencing, probiotics can be highly potent when you’re trying to make your mouth healthier. The most notable benefit of probiotics is that they can prevent plaque from developing on your teeth. This lessens the possibility of tooth decay.
There are a wide range of different types of bacteria that can be found in the mouth. A few of which are known to directly cause the development of plaque. The healthy bacteria found in probiotics have proven to be effective at fighting a bacterium that’s referred to as Streptococcus mutans. This bacterium is known to cause cavities, which is why it’s important to reduce the amount of Streptococcus mutans that are present in your mouth. This bacterium is dangerous because it converts sugar into lactic acid that causes plaque. By consuming probiotics, you should be able to stop these harmful bacteria from developing at all, which will allow you to keep cavities at bay.
A study from 2013 has also suggested that probiotics can help with the prevention of oral cancer. While only a single study has displayed results that suggest a link between probiotics and the prevention of oral cancer, it’s believed that the healthy bacterium known as Lactobacillus salivarius can assist with reducing the possibility of oral cancer. This bacterium is prevalent in probiotics.
If you’ve ever experienced bad breath in the past, oral-probiotics can help you manage this issue. Whether you suffer from bad breath because of an underlying health condition or lack of proper oral hygiene, this problem is almost always caused by harmful bacteria. This bacteria exists within your gut and mouth. It’s been found that individuals who combine an antimicrobial mouthwash with the Streptococcus salivarius probiotic have displayed substantial reductions in the bacteria that are known to cause bad breath. In fact, you should see significant results in just a few days.
One of the more beneficial aspects of probiotics is that they can help you manage the symptoms of gingivitis. This condition occurs when your gums become inflamed, which itself is typically brought about by a bacterial infection. If this condition is left untreated, it’s possible for a serious infection known as periodontitis to develop. Both gingivitis and periodontitis are known to cause tooth loss. Which is why it’s so important that you take the necessary steps to manage the symptoms of gingivitis before they worsen.
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The main symptoms that can be managed with probiotics include tender and swollen gums as well as sensitive teeth. Studies that have been administered in the recent years have found that the majority of individuals suffering from gingivitis have displayed substantial improvements in symptoms. By taking the probiotic bacterium that’s known as Lactobacillus reuteri. This probiotic is available as a supplement and can also be found in milk, soy beverages, and yogurt.
Lastly, it’s been found that probiotics are able to assist with the reduction of oral inflammation. This can be caused by any form of gum disease as well as a wide range of other health conditions. The bacteria that’s able to reduce inflammation is Lactobacillus brevis. If you don’t want to take a supplement to get this healthy bacteria into your system, the various foods that contain high amounts of Lactobacillus brevis help. These include yogurt, pickles, sourdough bread, and sauerkraut. When searching for foods that contain this bacteria as well as other probiotics, it’s recommended that you look for the phrase “live and active cultures” on the label.
Potential Side Effects to Consider
While oral-probiotics are very healthy for both your oral health and your gut, there are also a couple of side effects that you should be aware of. As touched upon previously, you should avoid consuming high amounts of probiotics if you have a substantial risk of infection because of a condition like HIV. Children, pregnant women, and seniors should also speak to their doctor before taking large amounts of probiotics. Make sure that you never exceed the recommended dosage for probiotics. By strictly following the recommended dosage, you lessen the likelihood of harmful side effects. Aside from these general side effects, probiotics are very healthy and should be safely consumed by most people.
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