Could you Benefit from taking Probiotics?

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Increasing evidence continues to support the fact that probiotics are beneficial to your health. Most known for increasing healthy gut bacteria and boosting your immune system, probiotics could also help your teeth and gums. Find out how you could benefit from taking probiotics for optimum oral health as your leading dentist in Royal Oak, Dr. Nancy Hartrick, provides some information about probiotic effectiveness.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are living microorganisms that help the human body function and are most commonly found in health supplements, yogurt, and some skincare products. Your body contains both good and bad bacteria. Good bacteria, like probiotics, help your immune system and digestion while protecting your body against bad bacteria. Therefore, your dentist in Birmingham at Hartrick Dentistry recommends consuming probiotics to help reduce bad oral bacteria. However, remember that nothing can replace brushing and flossing your teeth daily.

How do probiotics promote oral health?

Since probiotics help fight against bad bacteria in your body, there are several ways the probiotic microorganisms could promote oral health.

  • Plaque Reduction – Plaque is the most common cause of tooth decay and cavities, yet it is the easiest to remove through a regular oral health care regimen. Also, regularly visiting your dentist to remove excess plaque and consuming probiotics could reduce the presence of plaque.
  • Reduce Gum Disease Risk – Beginning as gingivitis, gum disease is the direct result of harmful bacteria and plaque buildup in the mouth, and it is common in adults. To help neutralize this bacteria, probiotics that contain Lactobacillus reuteri could help remove microbes that are related to the cause of gingivitis. Also, probiotics could help reduce the inflammation associated with gum disease.
  • Reduce the Occurrence of Thrush – Typically present in infants and children, thrush is an oral disease caused by Candida albicans. However, thrush is not limited to infants and children as adults who have taken antibiotics or used an asthmatic inhaler could reduce the good microorganisms in the body. Since probiotics restore good bacteria in the body, you could reduce your risk of thrush.
  • Reduce Bad Breath – Using antibacterial mouthwash to treat bad breath could be causing more problems with bad breath. Since the mouthwash is removing both good and bad bacteria, it could create perfect conditions for bad bacterial growth. By consuming probiotics, you could naturally break the cycle by introducing good bacteria to fight the bad bacteria.

How do I ingest probiotics?

There are two simple ways to ingest probiotics. First, oral probiotic supplements that could be found at your local drug store or retail store should provide ample probiotics if you follow the directions for consumption. Secondly, consuming probiotic-rich foods like kefir, sauerkraut, yogurt, aged cheeses, or miso could naturally provide optimum probiotic ingestion.

Dentist in Royal Oak and Birmingham, Michigan

Probiotics could offer many overall health benefits in addition to oral health benefits. Taking probiotics may also boost your immune system. If you have questions about probiotic use or ways to improve your oral health, feel free to contact Hartrick Dentistry by calling (248) 549-0950 or contact us online today. We proudly serve the Royal Oak and Birmingham communities!

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    Dr. Nancy Hartrick, DDS
    32609 Woodward Ave.
    Royal Oak, MI 48073
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