It turns out that probiotics, or friendly bacteria, has benefits beyond the belly. Research has shown that probiotics can help fight gum disease, plaque, and bad breath. Will you give probiotics a chance in order to improve your oral health?
How do probiotics work?
A healthy balance of good and bad bacteria is needed to help keep our bodies running properly. Probiotics create a film in the mouth that wards of diseases associated with our teeth and gums. So, probiotics helps keep this balance by protecting your body from a variety of infections.
Studies show that a strain of bacteria called A12 can help fight cavity-causing bacterium called Streptococcus mutans.This bacterium turns sugar into lactic acid, which creates an acidic environment in your mouth that leads to cavities and plaque.
Fights Bad Breath
The probiotic Streptococcus salivarius has made major reductions in the amount of bacteria that cause halitosis, or bad breath.
Manage Symptoms of Gingivitis
Gingivitis, also known as gum disease, can cause swollen, tender gums and sensitive teeth. Researchers have found that the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri helped improve these symptoms, while also helping remove plaque.
Probiotic Food and Supplements
- Soft cheeses.
- Sour pickles.
- Pills, powders, mouthwashes.