Food for thought: Do PROBIOTICS mean Anti-Dental Disease?
Recently an article was written by a dental hygienist about how probiotics may reduce the risk and severity of periodontal disease. She has been looking into whether probiotics benefit the oral cavity as they do the rest of our body. We hear a lot of ads on TV from companies like Stoneyfield and Dannon marketing their "good bacteria". Now popular magazines are linking probiotics with good oral health but as hygienists, the hygiene community has little information to guide us in the right direction.
We use antibiotics for infections to kill off bad bacteria-What about using probiotics to create a healthy oral environment? It works for the gastrointestinal tract, and the mouth is the entrance point. Wouldn't this make sense?
It is suggested that probiotics may have a positive affect on dental caries, periodontal disease(gingivitis and periodontitis), oral yeast infections and halatosis. Each condition is traced to bacteria; therefore it seems logical that probiotics could reduce the likelihood and/or severity of one or all of these conditions. Numbers of studies are supporting the claim that probiotics decrease the amount of Streptococcus mutans present in the mouth, which MAY reduce the likelihood of decay.
There are many potential benefits probiotics can offer the dental hygiene world, and although the early research has indicated positive possibilities, we need to learn how and to what extent probiotics can be positive.
The more I find out about probiotics I will be happy to share with our facebook friends!