We tend to think that all bacteria are bad for us, but some actually have beneficial effects and help to maintain good health. It’s important to maintain a balance of good and bad bacteria to support a strong immune system. This can be done by taking probiotics which can stop the bad bacteria from outnumbering the good bacteria, lowering the risk of certain illnesses including conditions that affect your teeth and gums. This blog post contains more information about probiotics and how they can combat dental decay as well as other oral health issues.
Probiotics are natural microorganisms found in certain foods and supplements that are mostly known for the positive impact they can have on digestive health, but recent research suggests they can also maintain proper bacterial balance in your mouth. Taking probiotics to supplement a regular and consistent cleaning routine may assist with preventing plaque, fighting bad breath, decreasing inflammation, managing the symptoms of gum disease, and even reducing the risk of oral cancer.
Probiotics add to and strengthen good bacteria in your body, improving the immune system and attacking the bad bacteria found in plaque. This can prevent the chemical reactions that otherwise produce tooth decay causing acids. In addition, probiotics can boost the body’s response to bad bacteria that can cause periodontal disease, lowering your risk of cavities and strengthening weakened bones. Probiotics can also attack bacteria that cause bad breath, tonsil stones, throat infections and sinus infections. Probiotics are generally safe to take, but are not recommended for people who are pregnant or who have compromised immune systems.
If you’re interested in combating dental decay with probiotics, the team at East Bentleigh Dental Group can provide expert advice, including recommendations on the best foods and/or supplements that contain probiotics. Get in touch with us to make an appointment and discover how we can help you.