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How Probiotics Help Gingivitis and Gum Disease

New research is slowly coming out about Probiotics to help fight gum disease. I am getting more and more calls from people who tell me that they are letting their probiotics (usually they are talking about Primal Defense by Garden of Life) dissolve in their mouth to help cure gingivitis! Again and again, they are telling me that it worked in a very short time to cure the infection and they were soon seeing gum growth in the previously infected areas! They are just putting the probiotic pill between their gums and cheeks or lips, and letting it dissolve. Once it is dissolved, they swish and swallow. Painless, inexpensive and easy!

The Department of Microbiology at the University of Otago in New Zealand has been on the forefront of this study. Here, scientists have started to pin down specific helpful bacteria that can be ingested to fight gum disease. Once the probiotic bacteria have entered the mouth they begin to produce antibacterial protein chains, otherwise known as bacteriocin. These protein chains discourage the growth of other bacteria in your mouth. Specifically they inhibit actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans and porphyromonas gingivitis, the two most common bacterial causes for gum disease. These �good bacteria� repopulate the mouth and throat, which in turn corrects the imbalance between the good and bad bacteria.

According to John R. Taylor, ND, author of The Wonder of Probiotics, several probiotics are helpful in for oral health. He recommends taking an oral capsule that contains Bifidobacterium longum and Lactobacillus rhamnosus, L. salivarius, L. acidophilus DDS-1, and L. plantarum. He recommends chewing tablets that contain all or most of these beneficial bacteria each evening after brushing your teeth, and then swishing the chewed tablet in your mouth before swallowing.

Gum disease cannot be cured, however, it can be slowed in its tracks and the symptoms reversed by repopulating the mouth with beneficial bacteria. This idea is now so well documented that some manufacturers are now making mints or lozenges containing probiotics that are intended to dissolve in your mouth, and that taste better than letting a regular probiotic pill dissolve (or chewing it up) in your mouth!

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