Potential impact of Probiotics

25 February 2013


Traditionally, dental plaque has been "controlled" via mechanical means (flossing, brushing, professional cleaning etc).

While mechanical disruption of bacterial plaque remains vital, researchers have found an additonal "helper" which may reduce the risk of oral diseases.

Bacteria are normal inhabitants of humans, and the mouth contains over 700 bacterial species most of which do no harm. A small number of species however can cause a shift from oral health to oral disease (decay and gum disease).

Probiotics are live microorganisms, which when administered in sufficient amounts, result in a health benefit to the host.

Researchers in America have found that a probiotic containing specific naturally occuring "friendly" oral bacteria can decrease the risk of developing gingivitis, decay and bad breath.

So watch this space, probiotics may soon be available in supermarkets alongside toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss!!

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