Our mouths are a part of the greater microbiome that houses both harmful and beneficial bacteria. The balance of bacteria promotes wellness — it is only when it becomes overrun by harmful bacteria, as a result of poor dental care and a poor diet, that we begin to see cavities and gum issues. So, how can we tip the scale back to balanced?
At Martin J. Schwartz, DDS, oral health is crucial to your overall wellness — your teeth and mouth are the mirror to what is going on in the rest of the body. Join us in today’s post and learn about the probiotic strains that are beneficial to your dental health.
Up Your Dental Health With Probiotics M18 and K12
The harmful bacteria known as Streptococcus mutans is responsible for tooth decay and combined with the presence of Actinomyces viscosus and A. naeslundii, which make plaque, your mouth is susceptible to many oral health issues. There are, however, beneficial probiotic strains that help fight the good fight and keep your mouth free from cavities.
The probiotics that strengthen dental health include:
- Streptococcus salivarius (S. salivarius) M18
- Streptococcus salivarius (S. salivarius) K12
When these strains are present, they help the beneficial bacteria and combat the cavity-causing bacteria, thus received the term, bacterion-like-inhibitory substances (BLIS). BLIS then produces three substances known as Salivaricin A, B, and C.
Both of the probiotics produce BLIS, but both target things a bit differently.
BLIS K12 supports immune, ear, nose, and throat health, while BLIS M18 specifically supports dental health.
M18 works to neutralize acid and break up plaque in the mouth with the help of two beneficial enzymes, urease and dextranese. With the help of M18, mouth pH levels are less acidic and can better fight the cavity-causing bacteria.
The probiotics K12 and M18 are amazing for our oral health, and there is so much more to cover! Learn more in part two! Stay tuned!
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