You may know that probiotics can improve digestive function and assist in immune response. But did you know that these same helpful bacteria are now linked to enhanced oral health as well? Some studies have even found probiotics to be equally effective at treating advanced oral health issues as certain antibiotics – and probiotics don’t come with any of the risks or disadvantages associated with antibiotic use.
Probiotics naturally occur in several fermented foods including kimchi and yogurt. Multi-strain options can also be taken orally in pill or powder form, and are now being added to some gums, toothpastes, and mouthwashes. Better still, unlike antibiotics, you cannot overuse probiotics. In fact, research suggests more is often better with these bacterial strains.
Are probiotics alone sufficient for maintaining oral health? No. But when combined with a consistent daily routine and biannual visits to our Cherry Creek dental office for cleanings and examinations, they can certainly boost your oral and systemic health overall. During your next visit to our office we would be happy to discuss this with you in greater detail and to help you determine if the addition of probiotics to your daily health regimen is the best option for your needs.
To schedule your next appointment at our Cherry Creek office, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates online or by calling 303-321-5656 today. We welcome patients from Littleton, Englewood, and all surrounding Metro Denver communities.