This Type Of Bacteria Could Stave Off Gum Disease, Study Finds
Scientists just uncovered a new way to support gum health. And the good news is that it's likely already part of your daily routine (and if it's not, it really should be). They found that daily probiotic use improves oral health, markedly reducing instances of gingivitis.
From mouth to microbiome.
After eight weeks, scientists measured several inflammatory markers to assess improvements in gum health, including instances of gum bleeding and the prevalence of plaque.
They found that those taking the probiotic had a lower instance of gingivitis, leading them to believe that probiotics may play an important role in preserving gum and oral health.
These are important findings since oral hygiene and gum health are essential considerations in every healthy lifestyle. Poor oral hygiene and conditions like gingivitis can lead to tissue damage2, bone damage,3 and even tooth loss. Beyond that, poor oral health may be linked to cognitive decline such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease4.
Because digestion starts in the mouth, it makes sense that probiotics and the microbiome would play a role in oral hygiene and health.
Another reason to take a probiotic.
Probiotics (from food and supplements) can support a variety of health goals, depending on the unique strain, from helping you manage a healthy weight to supporting digestion. And now, according to recent research, if they contain Bifidobacterium lactis HN019, they may even support gum health and oral hygiene. Here's a list of the best probiotics of the year and how to choose the right one for you.
Maintaining good oral health is an incredibly important part of our well-being routines, affecting everything from the freshness of our breath to our likelihood of developing cognitive decline. New research shows that certain probiotics may support gum health and overall oral hygiene, adding to the list of ways supporting our microbiome can make us happier and healthier.
Jenny is a San Francisco-based mbg health contributor, content designer, and climate & sustainability communications specialist. She is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara. An avid open-water swimmer, Jenny has worked for healthy living and nutrition brands like Sun Basket, Gather Around Nutrition, and Territory Foods.