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Can Probiotics Help with Oral Health?


Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
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Probiotics can help you with oral health in more ways than one. Before we can get to the details about the benefits of probiotics, let us first understand what it is. Probiotics are friendly bacteria known for their impact on our digestive health, and recent research shows that we will improve our oral health with them. Particularly, we need oral probiotics or dental probiotics, which are specific strains of bacteria produced to support a healthy mouth and improve general oral health.

The Benefits of Oral Probiotics in Oral Health


Oral probiotics are not widely used for medical purposes, but credible studies indicate that oral probiotics can benefit your oral health. Here is what research says about the identifiable benefits of oral probiotics.

Prevents Plaque

Oral plaque results from the chemical reactions between bacteria, food particles, carbohydrates, and saliva. A 2016 study determined that A12, a friendly bacteria, can help fight cavity-causing bacteria called Streptococcus mutans. Streptococcus mutans is found in the mouth, and it turns sugar found in food into lactic acid, creating an acidic environment in the mouth. The acidic environment promotes the development of plaque and tooth cavities. The A12 oral probiotics fight Streptococcus mutans to prevent plaque.

Prevents Oral Cancer

Oral probiotics were also found to halt the progression of oral cancer. Oral probiotics facilitate the modulation of your immune response to deter carcinogenesis and stop the progression of oral cancer.

Decreases Inflammation Caused by Gum Disease

Gum disease is an oral health issue that often causes inflammation. The development of oral probiotics is good news for everyone with gum diseases because it helps manage inflammation. Particularly, supplements containing the Lactobacillus brevis bacteria will decrease oral inflammation and promote quick healing.

Manage Gingivitis

Gingivitis, also called gum disease, comes with symptoms like swollen and tender gums. In one study, fifty-nine people who had gingivitis eliminated much of these symptoms when they took a probiotic bacterium called Lactobacillus reuteri. The management of gingivitis symptoms was significantly higher when these people took the highest doses of probiotics.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, including bad breath, gingivitis, inflammation, and plaque, feel free to come to contact your dental clinic. We can discuss dental treatment and incorporating oral probiotics.


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Robert Leale DDS, 1121 E. Westview Ct. Spokane, WA 99218 • (509) 590-1763 • northviewfamilydental.com • 4/18/2024 • Tags: dentist Spokane WA •