The Role of Good Bacteria in the Fight Against Dental Diseases

In recent years, exciting evidence has emerged regarding the beneficial use of probiotics—or “good bacteria” for the treatment of digestive disorders, but did you know that these bacteria may also be helpful in combatting many common dental problems? Probiotic therapy may become more popular in your Henderson NV dental office as an alternative treatment option for gum disease, bad breath, and even cavities.

Researchers are finding that many of the probiotic products that can be purchased over-the-counter can help to reduce the severity of these common and frustrating dental conditions. In fact, when utilized properly, probiotics may help to prevent some diseases from occurring in the first place. When high levels of “good bacteria” are introduced into the mouth, a healthy oral balance is restored and some dental diseases can be brought under control. This can often be achieved through the use of yogurts, dietary supplements, as well as chewing gums and lozenges.

This form of therapy is not appropriate for every patient, and they should not be used without professional guidance. In particular, probiotic supplements should not be prescribed for immunocompromised patients or any patients with immune system sensitivities.

Even for patients who are generally healthy, there is the risk for mild side-effects such as bloating or gas.

Continued research is being conducted to observe the full range of therapeutic benefits that can be gained from the use of probiotics. This research is expected to confirm what we already suspect about the use of good bacteria, and it may also reveal new applications as well. For dental patients and dental professionals, this is encouraging news, to say the least. It’s an opportunity to expand our preventive care options to meet the unique needs and preferences of each patient.

To find out if you might benefit from this treatment alternative, make an appointment to discuss your oral health with your Henderson NV dentist or dental hygienist today.