You must have heard of Probiotics for a healthy stomach. However, they are good for your dental health as well. Although they are yet to get approval from the requisite authorities, oral probiotics can be very beneficial for your oral health. According to the dentist as Ludhiana Dental, following benefits of oral probiotics can be seen-
- Prevention of plaque
Our mouth is home to various types of bacteria. According to research, A12 bacteria help in fighting Streptococcus mutans, a cavity-causing bacterium that turns sugar into lactic acid. The formation of lactic acid creates an acidic environment in the mouth thereby leading to cavities and plaque.
- Fights bad breath
We get bad breath due to bacteria in our mouth or stomach. A research was conducted on people who were given supplements with the probiotic Streptococcus salivarius . It was found that a majority of people who took the probiotic showed a major reduction in the number of bad breath causing bacteria.
- Prevention of oral cancer
If we go according to a study conducted in 2013, a bacterium Lactobacillus salivarius reduced the occurrence of oral cancer in rats.
- Managing gingivitis
Gingivitis is a gum disease that causes swelling and tenderness in gums and sensitive teeth. People who took a probiotic bacterium known as Lactobacillus reuteri showed an improvement in gingivitis symptoms and plaque formation.
- Less inflammation
Research has also shown that probiotic bacteria are good in alleviating inflammation due to gum problems. It was found that people who took supplements containing the bacteria Lactobacillus brevis had less inflammation. Similarly, people who were regular with drinking probiotic milk daily showed decreased oral inflammation.
Side effects of oral probiotics
Although Probiotics are considered generally safe, avoid taking them if you are at a high risk of infection (such as HIV positive people, children, seniors, and pregnant women), you should take high levels of probiotics only after consulting your doctor. One should not exceed the probiotics dosage recommended by the manufacturers. It is also recommended that you talk to your doctor before starting any supplements.
Probiotic foods and supplements
You can get probiotics through the following items-
- enhanced milk
- sourdough bread
- sour pickles
There are many probiotics available in the form of supplements in the form of pills, and powders. Supplements provide more concentrated probiotics than you would find in food.