Oral health probiotics
Oral care probiotics seem to be relatively new to the dental industry and are often confused with traditional probiotics, which are designed to improve gut health. However, oral-care probiotic research is more than 35 years old and the best products have been around for more than 10 years. There are scientific distinctions that can help dentists prescribe and consumers choose the best product for their patients. Those that support throat health only provide minimal support to the health of teeth and gums, while those oral-care probiotics that use gum and tooth specific strains provide the best overall support and benefits to both periodontal and tooth health and have the longest research behind them.
Generally speaking, oral care probiotics are live bacteria that are identical to the beneficial microorganisms found naturally in the oral biome. The addition of oral care probiotics to an oral care regimen can restore the natural balance of the oral biome by repopulating beneficial bacteria, which can be depleted by diet, stress, medication, illness, or other factors.
Specifically, only oral care probiotics that include bacteria Streptococcus oralis KJ3, Streptococcus uberis KJ2, and Streptococcus rattus H145, support teeth and gums, the inherent source of these strains. These products can be seen as a first line defense against pathogens coming into the mouth. While all patients will see benefits, for those with periodontal disease, caries, and other oral care concerns, oral care probiotics are an effective adjunct to extend treatment benefits.