Probiotics are the “good bacteria” your body needs to boost the immune system and improve digestion. Until recently, these bacteria were only associated with gut health. Researchers are now saying that probiotics will also improve oral health, and soon might be a prominent ingredient in gum and mint products.

The mouth harbors over 600 strains of bacteria, including Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus salivarius. The balance of these microorganisms can easily be disturbed and lead to the prevalence of disease-causing bacteria. But according to multiple reports, scientists are confident that probiotics could help reduce cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis and even bad breath.

Bad Breath: Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, has long been believed to be a problem that starts in the digestive tract. But new research suggests that it is actually caused by an increase in bad-breath-making microorganisms in the mouth. Taking probiotics can decrease the number of these microorganisms, treating bad breath at the source.

Cavities: Cavities happen when tooth enamel gets eroded and exposes the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth. The oral bacteria known as S.mutans causes this erosion. In order to regulate the number of this particular microorganism, the intake of probiotics is recommended.

Gum Disease: The gums are also affected by imbalances in the strains of oral bacteria. When harmful microorganisms multiply unchecked, it exposes the gums to acids and toxins released by these microorganisms. The exposure leads to gum infection, inflammation and even recession. Again, probiotics can help by regulating these bacteria, reducing your risk of gum disease.

We are excited to see how probiotics change the landscape of oral health care. However, it is important to note that probiotics are no substitute for daily brushing and flossing or biannual exams and cleanings.

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