Probiotics are typically advertised as being helpful for digestion. However, studies have shown that they can also improve oral health. Probiotics are beneficial for fighting infections that lead to oral disease.
A study published in Contemporary Clinical Dentistry has found that probiotics can reduce gum bleeding in patients with moderate to severe gingivitis. In the trial, children were given either a placebo or two different combinations of probiotics. At the three-week mark, it was discovered that children who took probiotics had significant improvements in their gingival status.
Periodontitis is another oral disease that probiotics have been shown to fight. Periodontitis is caused by harmful bacteria that separate teeth from the gums creating pockets that can become infected. Probiotics can fight harmful bacteria and lessen the inflammation to help heal the mouth.
Another finding from the trial of the Contemporary Clinical Dentistry showed that children who took probiotics also saw a significant decrease in plaque. The reduction of plaque leads to less decay. Probiotics fight the plaque and occupy the spaces on the teeth where bad bacteria thrive.
Minimizing Bad Breath
Another benefit of probiotics is the effect they have on bad breath. Bad breath is usually caused by volatile sulfur compound bacteria releasing odor-causing gases. Because probiotics are healthy bacteria, it is believed that they can eliminate the bad bacteria and maintain a healthy bacteria balance in your mouth.
The benefits of probiotics are not just limited to the digestive health. Researchers continue to conduct studies to discover new ways probiotics contribute to a healthy mouth and body.
Contact our team for more information on oral health or to schedule a visit today.
Do you feel self-conscious about your appearance because of
your jaw? If you have an underbite, where the lower jaw protrudes beyond the
upper jaw, or an open bite, where the top and bottom teeth do not properly
meet, orthognathic surgery may be a solution. Orthognathic surgery can improve
your appearance and your quality of life. Here is what you need to know about
What to Expect
Orthognathic surgery, sometimes referred to as corrective
jaw surgery, is usually performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. In many
cases, orthodontic treatment is often necessary before and after surgery. Your
orthodontist and dentist will work closely with our team to ensure your
treatments are appropriately timed in preparation for your surgery.
Who Will Benefit?
If your jaw causes difficulty eating, chewing, or
swallowing, you may be an ideal candidate for orthognathic surgery.
Additionally, those suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) may
also benefit from corrective jaw surgery. This may bring relief to those who
suffer from chronic headaches related to jaw irregularities. Corrective jaw
surgery can also help those who have suffered a facial injury or were born with
a birth defect impacting the jaw. Depending on your exact needs, our team will
help you decide if orthognathic surgery is right for you.
In most cases, you will need to follow an all-liquid diet
after the surgery is completed. Our team will advise you when you can begin to
add soft foods back to your diet. Swelling may occur in the first few weeks
following surgery. Pain-relievers may be taken after surgery, particularly
during the first week of recovery. We will set up a series of follow-up visits
to ensure the recovery process is on track and advise you on the next steps.
Orthognathic surgery can vastly improve the quality of your
life if you have difficulty eating, speaking, or breathing. The procedure can
also improve your appearance by correcting visible jaw irregularities.
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