Probiotics are healthy bacteria, and you may already know about their beneficial effects on gastrointestinal health. But you may be surprised to learn that an increasing number of studies now show that probiotics may also affect the oral cavity in many ways that support a healthier smile.
At Cook Family Dentistry, it is our job to stay current with all the latest research and information so we can provide you with the highest level of comprehensive, state-of-the-art dentistry. Whenever we come across something that we think would help you better understand your oral health, we will share the information with you.
Here are a few of the ways that probiotics are proving to be beneficial for your oral health:
Prevents Plaque from Forming
At any given moment, you have millions of bacteria in your mouth and some, like Streptococcus mutans, cause cavities. But researchers have found a strain of bacteria called A12 that stop S. mutans from growing and creating plaque.
Reduces Symptoms of Gingivitis
Another study suggests probiotics are helpful for reducing symptoms of gingivitis like tender, swollen, or bleeding gums. Patients with gingivitis were given probiotics, and at the end of two weeks reported an improvement in these symptoms.
Decreases Inflammation of Gums
Numerous studies and research points to a connection between chronic oral inflammations and general health disorders like heart and lung disease, diabetes, strokes, and pregnancy complications. Patients who take supplements or drink probiotic milk were found to have healthier mouths and decreased oral inflammation.
Please Call Our Office to Learn More
If you are looking for a quality dentist in Birmingham, AL who can address all your needs and share updated information that impacts your oral health, Dr. Aaron Cook can help.
Please call our office and we will be happy to get you started with an exam and cleaning appointment.