Probiotics can put bad breath in its place
|By Dr. Harold Katz - Bad Breath Expert|
SUMMARY: Have you read about the amazing things that probiotics can accomplish? Did you wonder what exactly these products are? If so, read on. Below is a description of probiotic kits for oral health, which are a group of products in the vanguard of anti-halitosis technology.
Posted: September 7, 2011
Have you read about the amazing things that probiotics can accomplish? Did you wonder what exactly these products are? If so, read on. Below is a description of probiotic kits for oral health, which are a group of products in the vanguard of anti-halitosis technology.
bad breath is hardly an isolated problem. An article in journal Periodontology 2000 estimated that halitosis is the third leading reason that people visit the dentist's office, after cavities and periodontal disease.
Are we to blame for our stinky mouths? Sometimes we are. If you smoke, drink alcohol, or choose to eat smelly meals, a bit of the onus of responsibility falls to you. Regardless, in the grand scheme of oral odor, bacteria are almost entirely to blame.
You see, billions of microbes live in your mouth, feeding on the food you eat and the cells you shed. These critters emit foul smelling molecules called volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), which are what you smell when your nose detects oral odor.
Common dental care products simply rinse out these substances, whereas specialty breath freshening rinses or lozenges actually neutralize the odor molecules themselves. However, ridding your mouth of them is one thing, while preventing their creation in the first place is quite another.
As you may have gathered, it's the bacteria that are the real issue. How should you get rid of them?
You might try an alcohol-based mouthwash, but these can inflame the sensitive tissues of your cheeks and gums, leading to cold sores. Likewise, alcohol dries out your mouth, and without saliva your palate practically becomes a Petri dish, ripe for bacterial recolonization.
This is where probiotics can help. Unlike antibiotics, which simply kill microbes, probiotics promote the growth of "good" bacteria - that is, of microorganisms that give off no scent and, perhaps more importantly, that crowd out their odor-producing cousins.
A literature review published in Periodontology 2000 noted that, in three prior studies, probiotics were found to dramatically reduce the level of VSCs in volunteers' mouths. Furthermore, these products tended to change the bacterial "ecosystem" found on the tongue, teeth and palate, a modification that may also prevent cavities or periodontitis, the authors added.
As a mode of preventative oral care, probiotics can play an integral part in keeping teeth clean, breath fresh and the mouth ship-shape.
Remember: not all bacteria are bad. The human body often uses its microbes to its advantage. Think about all the microorganisms that help you digest food. In a similar way, bacteria may be controlled in the pursuit of better breath.