Oral probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in the proper amounts, can provide numerous benefits to a patient’s oral health. They are available in a variety of forms, including chewable tablets, capsules, and powders. Whatever form you choose, make sure it is stored properly. They need to be kept in the refrigerator to maintain their potency.
The bacteria found in oral probiotics travel easily to the gut, so it’s important to take them as directed. The bacteria in oral probiotics can multiply over time, so it’s important not to take too much.
Probiotics work by maintaining a healthy balance of bacteria in the mouth. When the balance of bacteria is thrown off, it can lead to cavities and gum disease. Studies have found certain probiotic strains are effective at preventing cavities and gum disease.
Oral probiotics can help reduce the growth of cariogenic bacteria and increase infection-fighting antibodies and enzymes. This can reduce tooth sensitivity and prevent cavities from forming. Some products may even help restore enamel, making it stronger and more lustrous.
Using oral probiotics also boosts saliva production. This helps wash away food particles and bacteria, protecting your teeth from decay.
Oral probiotics may be especially beneficial for patients who struggle with chronic halitosis. Studies suggest that oral probiotics can reduce the presence of bad breath-causing bacteria in the mouth.
Oral probiotics may also provide some benefits for patients with dry mouth. This is a common side effect of many medications, including antihistamines, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and seizures.
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria found within the mouth. These bacteria are responsible for the conversion of food particles into acids, which break down food particles into nutrients. Without these bacteria, oral bacteria like streptococcus mutans and streptococcus sobrinus would thrive. These bacteria cause plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease.
By using oral probiotics, streptococcus mutans and streptococcus sobrinus can be suppressed, which can help significantly reduce the risk of gum disease.
The side effects associated with oral probiotics are very minimal. Taking these probiotics could cause diarrhea or gas. However, these side effects can typically be avoided by taking the probiotic supplement at mealtimes. Any mild side effects that do occur should go away within a few days. Anyone experiencing diarrhea, severe gas, bloating, or pain ceasing their probiotic regimen should speak with their dentist.
To schedule your appointment with us, contact Korte Family Dentistry at (402) 489-3115 or visit us at 3901 Normal Blvd STE 202, Lincoln, NE 68506. We will be happy to guide you further.