Probiotic Supplements May Aid Oral Health
Overcoming the initial squeamishness of consuming bacteria for health, probiotic usage among Americans has been increasing. While digestive and immune health continues to be the main focus, recent research highlights the advantage of taking probiotics supplements for promoting good oral health. According to a study published in the Journal of Oral Microbiology, Dr. K.L. Vandana and her team of researchers found that a strain of probiotics called L. reuteri Prodentis may help to inhibit plaque formation and shows to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Researchers noted that probiotic oral treatment significantly reduced certain pathogenic bacteria by up to 90 percent when compared with other oral treatments. 1
Who Needs Probiotic Supplements for Oral Health?
The National Institutes of Health estimates that 80 percent of American adults suffer from some form of gingivitis. Gingivitis, inflammation of the gum tissue, is caused by bacteria in the mouth. Symptoms are common and may include sensitive teeth or bad breath (halitosis). When left untreated, gingivitis is a precursor to periodontal disease. Risk factors for gingivitis include smoking, hormonal changes, diabetes, stress, certain medical conditions and illnesses, and genetic susceptibility. Adults between the ages of 30 and 40 are most likely to show signs of gum disease, with more men than women being susceptible. 2
Poor oral health status not only affects the mouth, but is also associated with other health effects and systemic diseases such as diabetes. Poor oral health also affects diet and nutrition as pain and inflammation in the gums may inhibit the ability to chew or maintain a healthy diet.
Oral Health Benefits of Oral Probiotics Supplements
Several research studies have reported the benefits of taking oral probiotic supplements.
- The probiotic strain bacteria S. salivarius M18 is said to have anti-bacterial properties and may help kill pathogens in the mouth. The Journal of Clinical Periodontology published this study showing that probiotics supplements containing Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota may improve oral health based on its interaction with the immune system. The use of oral probiotics as a strategy to compete with pathogenic microorganisms in the mouth was associated with significant reduction in pathogens, thus reducing the risk of periodontal disease. 3-4
- Probiotics may help reduce bad breath. A study shows that the administration of probiotic Streptococcus salivarius K12 could be an effective strategy to reduce bad breath. 5
- Bacillus subtilis has been studied as an oral mouth rinse and has shown effective results, particularly in patients who suffer from gingivitis or periodontitis. 6
- A combination of three strains of probiotics, Strep. oralis strain KJ3sm, Strep. uberis strain KJ2sm and Strep. rattus, strain JH145 were studied as a probioitic mouthwash and was considered safe for daily use to maintain dental and periodontal health. 7
- Scientific research so far indicates that oral probiotics may hold a future in dentistry and in oral medicine. 8
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1. Journal of Oral Microbiology, published online ahead of print, doi: 10.3402/jom.v2i0.5344, "Effect of the probiotic Lactobacilli reuteri (Prodentis) in the management of periodontal disease: a preliminary randomized clinical trial"
2. Periodontal Gum Disease: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments, National Institute of Health [http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/NR/rdonlyres/7B7D24C2-02E5-47C8-B076-27CB580FAF82/0/PeriodontalGum_Eng.pdf]
3. The Journal of Clinical Periodontology, 2009, Vol. 36, pp. 850-856.
4. Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2010 Feb 21. [Epub ahead of print]Probiotic treatment in the oral cavity: an update.
5. J Appl Microbiol. 2006 Apr;100 (4):754-64.A preliminary study of the effect of probiotic Streptococcus salivarius K12 on oral malodour parameters.
6. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2009 Nov;28(11):1353-6. Epub 2009 Aug 1.The effect of Bacillus subtilis mouth rinsing in patients with periodontitis.
7. J Appl Microbiol. 2009 Aug;107(2):682-90. Epub 2009 Mar 30.Preliminary assessment of safety and effectiveness in humans of ProBiora3, a probiotic mouthwash.
8. Am J Dent. 2009 Dec;22(6):329-38.Probiotics: health benefits in the mouth.