WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS?
- Probiotics are “live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”.
- The concept of probiotics was first introduced in 1907 by the Nobel laureate Elie Metchnikoff, known as the “father of probiotics”, when he hypothesized that “the dependence of the intestinal microbes on food makes it possible to adopt measures to modify the flora in our bodies and to replace the harmful microbes by useful microbes”.
- The most common lactic acid-producing probiotic bacteria species belong to Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium genera.
- Prebiotics refer to dietary substances that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria over harmful ones.
- The 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicates that about 4 million U.S. adults (1.6%) and 300,000 children age 4 to 17 (0.5%) used probiotics. The use of probiotics in adults was four times higher in 2012 than in 2007. probiotics was the third most commonly used non vitamin non mineral dietary supplement.
ARE ORAL PROBIOTICS THE SAME AS GUT PROBIOTICS?
Oral probiotics are not the same as gut probiotics. Different bacteria strains are used to form oral probiotics, and oral probiotics need to stay in the oral cavity to function.
How do i choose the right brand of probiotics?
You can ether do your own research or consult with your dental providers.
Can probiotics replace standard periodontal treatment?
Oral probiotics should not be used to replace scaling and root planning (SRP) for periodontitis. Oral probiotics can be used to complement SRP to maintain remission of periodontitis.
Are oral probiotics safe for everyone?
Oral probiotics are safe for healthy people. Individuals with underlying weakened immune systems should consult health professionals before taking probiotics.
Will probiotics provide instant relief of my symptoms?
It will take several weeks before you see improvement of symptoms.