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When unhealthy bacteria build up in your mouth, you’ll be at a greater risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Not to mention other harmful health conditions. An effective method of counteracting this unhealthy bacteria is by consuming healthy bacteria, which are known as probiotics. While typically used to improved a person’s digestive health, probiotics can also bolster your oral health in many different ways.
What Are Oral-Probiotics?
Probiotics are healthy bacteria that are produced within your body. They can be obtained from outside sources such as supplements and certain food items. The lower area of the digestive tract consists of a very high number of probiotics. Which amount to a number that’s higher than the cells found within your body. If you eat an unhealthy diet, the amount of bad bacteria in your digestive tract will eventually outweigh the good bacteria, which can pose numerous problems for your health.
The same is true for your oral health. Bad bacteria builds up on your teeth and gums whenever you drink a can of soda or eat sugary foods. While brushing and flossing on a regular basis can effectively wash away some of this bad bacteria, another great way to improve your oral health is by using oral-probiotics. Since these bacteria can be found in a wide range of foods as well as numerous supplements, it’s easy to consume bacteria that will improve the health of your mouth.
How Your Child’s Teeth Can Benefit From Oral-Probiotics
Probiotics are able to keep the mouth healthy in many different ways. For instance, it’s possible for this healthy bacteria to prevent plaque from developing on your teeth. Plaque is a soft and sticky film that can eventually lead to tooth decay. Which is why it’s essential that you keep it at bay. The probiotic bacteria that’s known as A12 has been found to be effective at fighting an unhealthy bacterium that’s referred to as Streptococcus mutans. Which converts sugar into a lactic acid substance. This substance heightens the possibility of plaque development and eventual cavities. By stopping the S. mutans bacterium from growing in the first place, you may be able to prevent a substantial amount of plaque development on your teeth.
Taking probiotics can also help to combat bad breath. Since bad breath is caused by harmful bacteria within your gut and mouth. It’s been found that probiotic supplements of the bacteria known as Streptococcus salivarius are able to substantially reduce bad breath. Though more research needs to be conducted in the matter, it’s also believed that probiotics can assist with the prevention of oral cancer. Which can develop in any part of a person’s mouth.
There’s so much more…
Gingivitis is a very serious gum disease that can lead to the development of tender gums, sensitive teeth, and inflammation within the gums. Probiotics are able to reduce the symptoms that you experience when affected by gingivitis. Since this disease is caused by poor oral health, probiotics may be able to get of your case of gingivitis altogether. Keep in mind that an untreated case of gingivitis can bring about tooth loss and many other serious conditions. The types of bacteria that are able to get rid of the inflammation that occurs with any kind of gum disease include Lactobacillus reuteri and Lactobacillus brevis. The best way to reduce oral inflammation is by drinking probiotic milk.
How to Obtain Probiotics
Probiotics are available in the form of supplements or food sources. Probiotic supplements can be selected in the form of capsules, tablets, powders, or gummies. When you’re choosing a probiotic supplement, it’s highly recommended that the supplements you obtain are comprised of more than one strain of healthy bacteria. Which should provide you with better results. Some of the foods that are considered to be rich in probiotics include yogurt, aged cheese, tempeh, enhanced milk, sourdough bread, and sauerkraut. Another great way to improve your oral health via probiotics is by taking prebiotics. Which are available in a wide range of additional foods and are known to promote the growth of probiotics within your gut. Prebiotics are available in such foods as legumes, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
Possible Side Effects of Probiotics
Probiotics are very safe to consume since they are comprised solely of healthy bacteria. You should, however, avoid taking probiotic supplements if you’re at a heightened risk of infection at the moment. Which could be due to anything from poor health to the presence of HIV. If you want your younger children to take probiotics, it’s highly recommended that you first speak with their doctor about doing so. If you’re taking probiotic supplements, it’s essential that you never exceed the recommended dosage.
Bolstering the Results of Probiotics
If you want the oral-probiotics that you take to provide you with exemplary results, it’s recommended that you practice good oral hygiene as well. There’s no point in taking probiotics if your oral hygiene is still poor. First, you should always brush your teeth at least twice every day with a toothbrush that has soft bristles. While any toothpaste will provide you with good results, you might want to select toothpaste that comes with fluoride for better whitening. Floss your teeth once per day as well. This will get rid of some of the substances that are embedded between your teeth.
If you want your toothbrush to be effective, replace it at least once every 3-4 months. Or whenever the bristles start to become frayed. The worst substance for your teeth is sugar, which is why you should reduce sugar in your diet as much as possible. Finally, the best way to maintain proper oral hygiene is by visiting a dentist such as ours for professional cleanings and checkups, which should occur at least once every six months.
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If your child needs to have their teeth cleaned. Or requires braces to straighten their teeth, call our dental offices at Kinder Smiles today to see Dr. Engel and his amazing team. Then we can provide you with a complimentary consultation on oral-Probiotics and anything oral related.
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Dr Engel holds a speciality license in pediatric dentistry from New Jersey and New York. He also has attained sedation certification, which allows for in-office oral sedation options, and he’s on staff at Hackensack University Medical Center. As an attending pediatric dentist at HUMC, Dr Engel retains operating room privileges, allowing for an array of treatment modalities and anaesthesia options.