Probiotic Mouth Rinse For Good Dental Health

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Don’t give up! Finally, there is an organic product to assist you in breaking down that sticky biofilm, even if you’ve deemed yourself as genetically plaque-challenged. Probiotics can help balance the bacteria in your mouth, reduce plaque, minimize bad breath and even brighten your smile.

What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics – the word means “pro life”. Probiotics are sometimes referred to as friendly microbes or good bacteria. You may have heard about “live and active cultures” in yogurt. Probiotics (something few people had even ever heard of a year ago) are now categorized among the top five items that people say they want to add to their deits according to a Chicago-based company that tracks consumer trends. Probiotics are just beginning to catch U.S. consumer attention after years of sales and wide consumption in Europe and Asia.

Scientists have demonstrated that when used in the mouth probiotics can be helpful in controlling the buildup of pathogens that cause dental disease. Cavities and gingivitis are the result of pathogens attacking spoiled food particles. Probiotics control growth of the pathogens because they compete for same spoiled food particles. This process is called competitive exclusion. Probiotics also lower the pH of the mouth so that plaque bacteria cannot form dental plaque and calculus that causes periodontal disease.

What Causes Plaque?
When food, especially food that contains carbohydrates, sugars and starches, is left on the teeth after eating, the bacteria that normally live in the mouth thrive on these foods and begin to colonize the tooth surface. Some tooth surfaces are very hard to reach by mechanical means such as the tooth brush. In these areas microbes can accumulate and multiply unhindered.

What Makes Some People’s Plaque Build Up Faster?
On any given day, the average adult produces about three pints of saliva. Dry mouth is caused by decreased output of saliva by the three pairs of glands in the mouth. It can also occur as a common side effect of many prescription and nonprescription drugs used to treat depression, anxiety,, pain, allergies and colds (antihistamines and decongestants), obesity, acne, epilepsy, hypertension (diuretics), diarrhea, nausea, psychotic disorders, urinary incontinence, asthma (certain bronchodilators), and Parkinson’s disease. If you are frequently thirsty, often have a sticky feeling in your mouth, frequently get sores in your mouth or chapped lips, or notice that your tongue and throat feel dry – you may be suffering from dry mouth. Dry mouth will increase your chance for tooth decay and mouth infections because saliva exerts two effects on plaque. First, it dilutes and carries away metabolites diffusing out of the plaque. Second it supplies bicarbonate ions which diffuse into plaque and neutralize the by-products of the organic acids in the mouth.

Why Should I Care About Plaque?
Scientists have linked plaque to the formation of dental caries (cavities) and to various periodontal diseases. It is important to realize that the microbes in dental plaque are naturally found in the mouth and are normally harmless. Nonetheless, when plaque in not removed by proper tooth brushing and flossing it builds up and forms a thick extracellular matrix that contains proteins, long chain polysaccharides and lipids. The microbes in the plaque are mostly the bacteria Streptococcus mutans and the anaerobes Fusobacterium and Actinobacteria. The microorganisms at the bottom of the layer of plaque, those closest to the tooth surface, must convert to anaerobic respiration because they cannot get enough oxygen. They begin to produce acids that eat at the minerals in the enamel of the tooth. Saliva cannot penetrate the plaque and neutralize or weaken the acid. Over time a cavity forms and the gums become irritated. The plaque can actually mineralize and form a yellow layer called calculus or tartar.

If the layer of plaque and tartar gets hardened and thick a tooth brush cannot remove it. Routine dental visits are then necessary so that the build up can be removed with specialized sharp instruments. If the plaque and tartar are not routinely removed they cause inflammation of the gums. This condition is called gingivitis.

Calculus can form both above and below the gum line and can often lead to other problems including bad breath, receding gums and swollen or bleeding gum tissue. If the condition persists it can lead to loss of connective tissue fiber that attach the gum to the teeth. At this advanced stage the condition is called periodontitis. Periodontitis has also been linked to cardiovascular disease and mothers who give birth to pre-term low weight babies.

Probiotics and Plaque Prevention
Use of a probiotic mouth rinse can help prevent plaque buildup in the mouth. The viable bacillus microbes (probiotics) in the rinse break down the sticky biofilm that begins to form along the gum line and between teeth. A probiotic mouth rinse is a healthy and natural addition to your brushing and flossing regime. A mouth rinse can reach places that are hard to reach by mechanical means. Regular use after brushing and flossing will leave teeth feeling squeaky clean and over time will naturally whiten and brighten your smile.

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