It’s simple- if you can keep your teeth decay-free and your gums healthy, chances are good they will last for your whole life. One way of accomplishing that is through maintaining proper balance between the healthy and harmful bacteria that occur naturally in your mouth. The use of probiotics in dentistry is an innovative way of striking that balance.
The concept of bacteriotherapy and use of health-beneficial micro-organisms to heal diseases or support immune function was first introduced in the early 1900s, according to a 2009 article in the American Journal of Dentistry.
Probiotics have long been associated with gut health, but their use in oral health is becoming more popular. Probiotic dental therapy involves daily intake of healthy bacteria, which crowd out the harmful bacteria, such as streptococci mutans and Lactobacillus.4, which destroy dental structure.
The goal of oral probiotics is to alter the oral biofilm to be more healthful. Our Milford and West Haven dentistry practice uses a product called EvoraPro® to help patients achieve this goal.
EvoraPro® contains three naturally- occurring live bacteria that are freeze-dried in a mint. The mint also contains three species of Streptococcus, which occur naturally in a healthy mouth. These bacteria species do not produce acid, so that means they reduce your chances of getting tooth decay when they crowd out streptococci mutans and other cariogenic bacteria present in your mouth. You dissolve one mint in your mouth each day, which releases the bacteria that compete with the harmful bacteria. The sites on the teeth and gums occupied by the probiotic bacteria reduce the surface area available for disease-causing bacterial colonization.
In addition to helping prevent decay, probiotics help promote fresher breath, and they release a low-level form of hydrogen peroxide as a normal byproduct, which helps whiten your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about probiotics and how they might improve your oral health, please call our office to schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you to keep your teeth and gums healthy!