If you are already taking probiotics for your gut health, you might be pleasantly surprised to find out that these live microorganisms—also known as friendly bacteria—might also be effective at keeping your mouth healthy. New research is identifying probiotics as an effective way to fight plaque buildup, gum disease, and bad breath.
Another way to keep your mouth healthy is to stay up-to-date with twice yearly visits to your Amherst dentist Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards. Is your biannual dental checkup overdue? Call us today to make an appointment!
Some Recent Study Results
There have been a number of studies conducted on the impact of probiotics on oral health. Some of the most recent discoveries include:
- A reduction in gum bleeding in patients with gum disease
- A reduction in the formation of plaque
- A reduction in bad breath
One study even pointed to a possible link to probiotics and oral cancer prevention.
Sources of Probiotics You Can Eat
Although many take their probiotics in the form of a pill, there are foods you might want to include in your diet that contain these beneficial microbes. Most people already know that yogurt contains probiotics, but other dairy sources include kefir, buttermilk, and cottage cheese. If you are looking for nondairy sources, try sauerkraut and kombucha.
Take Good Care of Your Oral Health
Although probiotics can be beneficial for the health of your teeth and gums, nothing takes the place of practicing good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once to help prevent the buildup of plaque. Avoid sugary foods and beverages. And be sure to see your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings and to ensure your gums are healthy.
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