What Are Dental Probiotics?
Dental probiotics are derived from specific beneficial bacteria that should be resident in the mouth. But like the healthy microbes needed in the gut, lifestyle factors can minimize these bacterial “friends” and create the opportunity for pathogenic bacteria to damage the oral environment. Only about two percent of the global populace (people who rarely experience plaque or tooth decay) has the enough of the S.nsalivarius necessary to support dental health.
Dental probiotics offer an entirely new approach to establishing and maintaining healthy teeth and gums. In supplement form, these probiotics are specifically designed to be used in conjunction with other health-maintenance oral practices (daily brushing and flossing).
A specific bacterial group known as S. salivarius has been shown, clinically, to promote the health of the dental landscape. It has now been established in supplement form. It’s effectiveness, according to research, includes its ability to inhibit Streptococcus mutans, a dental pathogen shown to be a primary cause of tooth decay and gum damage.
Challenges from Insufficient Beneficial Oral Bacteria
- Eating carbohydrates contributes to plaque, biofilm, cavities, gum deterioration, periodontal disease
- Eating highly acidic food contributes to the break down of tooth enamel
- Teeth are sensitive to touch and temperatures (hot and cold) due to cementum (root structure and protective covering)
One of the most powerful strains of beneficial bacteria for the mouth is known as BLIS M18.
Eating carbohydrates causes dental issues in a chain reaction:
- produces lactic acid
- creates dental plaque
- causes decay/cavities
- damages protective covering of the root
Lactic acid destroys tooth enamel leading to cavities while also damaging the cementum. Research has shown that the beneficial BLIS M18 bacteria strain has the ability to neutralize the lactic acid which stops the chain reaction before damage has a chance to begin.
The plague created by bacterial pathogens in the mouth is sticky and coats the tongue, stains the teeth, contributes to gum disease, adheres to soft dental tissues and leaves behind a destructive biofilm. The BLIS M18 probiotic strain has been found effective in breaking up this damaging biofilm as well as dental plaque and neutralizing destructive acid erosion.
Lactic acid degrades tooth enamel and dentine (a major component of teeth) which can lead to cavities and eventually tooth loss.
Additional studies have revealed that the S. salivarius and specifically the M18 strain regulate cytokines concentrations or the inflammation response in gum disease. They also lower the inflammatory fluids which attack contribute to gingivitis and periodontal disease.
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All Eureka Market Education Guides are intended for educational purposes only. The guides are NOT intended to substitute for professional medical consultation and as such, do not diagnose, prescribe or offer personal medical advice. Always consult with your health care professional before taking supplements with prescription medications.