Oral or dental health is so important. Not just for hygienic purpose but most important is for health in general.
For example our mouth has millions of bacteria mostly bad bacteria like Beta streptococcus, that causes sore throat, tonsillitis, throat abscess and if not properly addressed could lead to rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Also, this Beta streptococcus in the mouth could affect the kidneys that leads to Glomerulonephritis and eventually to dialysis if not treated.
Aside from the above health conditions, some researchers found out that oral gingivitis and periodontitis caused by bad bacteria in the mouth lead to chronic inflammation which is a risk factor in the development of cardiovascular disease.
To address this oral health issue, new probiotic-based products are now available as lozenges. It’s true that digestion begins in the mouth.
In the study, the researchers used a particular strain of good bacteria, Streptococcus salivarius to treat oral diseases like cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis and other throat infections.
They let the subjects to take probiotic lozenge 2 x a day after brushing the teeth for 1 month. They also found out that the Streptococcus salivarius produces enzymes and make the environment for the bad bacteria inappropriate for survival ( Dextranase and Urase). These bad bacterial killings lead to reduction of dental cavity caused by Streptococcus mutans and other throat and oral diseases.
Lastly, just a reminder, that oral probiotic lozenge supplementation is not a substitute for routine oral care like regular brushing, flossing, and visiting your good dentists!
Life is Probiotics!
Your friend in health,