Have you ever heard of oral probiotics? These specialized strains of bacteria are known to support a healthy mouth and improve overall oral health. Similar to gut probiotics, oral probiotics encourage the growth of good bacteria while inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria. In this article, we'll dive into the world of oral probiotics and explore the various benefits that they provide in supporting oral health and boosting the immune system of your mouth.
1. Prevent cavities
Cavities, also known as "dental caries," are caused by the formation of plaque on teeth. Plaque is a sticky film made up of clusters of bacteria that feeds on sugar and acidic food that break down the enamel, leading to tooth decay. If left unchecked, tooth decay can irreversibly damage the dentin and enamel, requiring extensive treatment such as fillings, root canals, or tooth extractions.
Oral probiotics can help prevent the formation of cavities and plaque buildup by inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth.
The best oral probiotics for cavities are L. paracasei, L. reuteri, L. casei, and Streptococcus A12
According to research, oral probiotics can help prevent cavities by:
- Boosting the immunity of the mouth
- Producing antibacterial compounds
- Preventing bad bacteria from attaching to teeth
- Altering the pH of the mouth
- Changing the saliva quality to improve the remineralization of enamel
2. Treat gum disease
Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a chronic inflammatory condition that nearly half of the american adult population. It has been linked to higher rates of diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, and other health issues. Once gum recession develops, it is not reversible without gingival grafts, which is why it is so important to prevent gum disease from progressing.
According to at least 11 clinical trials, oral probiotics may be able to improve gum disease symptoms. These probiotics may be able to reduce plaque buildup under the gum line and stop gum bleeding, helping to halt the progression of gum disease and prevent lasting damage to the gums.
The best oral probiotics for gum disease include L. reuteri and L. brevis
Using oral probiotics in your oral care routine may help reduce inflammation, stop bleeding gums, and inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause gingivitis. Research shows that L. reuteri can improve symptoms of gingivitis and gum bleeding, while, L. brevis, may help to reduce inflammation.
3. Fight bad breath
Three studies on oral probiotics have found that these good probiotics can fight bad breath and keep your mouth fresh and healthy. They do so by reducing VSCs (volatile sulfur compounds) which are responsible for the bad breath that we all hate.
While conventional mouthwash can be a quick and easy solution for bad breath, it is not always the most effective. Many types of mouthwash kill both good and bad bacteria, which can disrupt the balance of the oral microbiome.
In contrast, dental probiotics may be able to help stop bad breath by reducing the compounds that cause this problem. Plus replacing your traditional mouthwash with a probiotic mouthwash, like Riven, can freshen your breath as well as maintain the balance of your oral biome.
The best oral probiotics for bad breath include L. salivarius, L. reuteri, and L. casei.
4. Prevent respiratory infections
Oral probiotics can also help reduce the risk of respiratory infections, particularly in children. Their mechanical properties help them fight off pathogens and attach to host cells in our body. Studies have shown that probiotics like L. reuteri and L. sakei are effective in treating these infections.
In a 2016 animal study, the use of L. gasseri probiotics was found to significantly reduce the presence of Group A Streptococcus bacteria, which can cause infections such as strep throat, scarlet fever, and sore throat. Additionally, a 2018 clinical trial found that an oral probiotic supplement containing 5 strains of probiotics reduced the risk of respiratory tract infections in children by 76%.
Probiotics in Riven Rinse
Riven's probiotic mouthwash combines the power of L. reuteri and L. paracasei to support optimal oral health. This formula, backed by science, contains prebiotics, probiotics, and antioxidants to promote a balanced mix of good bacteria in the mouth. Couple that with natural ingredients, zero alcohol, and no parabens — makes a perfect addition to your morning routine!