Posted: July 30, 2009The probiotics S. salivarius and B. coagulans are two strains of beneficial bacteria that help maintain healthy gums and teeth. These work very similarily to the probiotics that target your digestive flora. What these probiotics do is populate in the oral cavity and help protect the mouth against harmful bacteria that exist in dental film buildup.
Usually the probiotics can achieve their goal if you take supplements/lozenges 1-2 times per day after brushing. If you do it right after brushing your teeth, this speeds up the production of the compounds that help inhibit bad bacteria in your mouth.
Also, research shows that S. salivarius and B. coagulans can help the immune system flora. Taking supplements of S. salivarius orally helps reduce the production of inflammatory cytokines in the body. Studies show that B. coagulans increases the white blood cells' ability to find bacteria invaders, boosts the immunity system's response to a bacterial attack, and improves the performance of the natural killer cells, another type of immune cell.
Clinical studies showed that 85% of subjects with halitosis (bad breath) who received the strain S. salivarius greatly improved their bacterial flora balance as compared to 30% in the placebo group. Those with chronic bad breath definitely need to replenish the good probiotic bacteria in their system!
Source: Business Wire