Probiotic Lozenge May Reduce Incidences of Oral Thrush
A recent study suggests that a probiotic lozenge may help mature adults lower the incidence of antibiotic-induced oral Candida, which is known to cause oral thrush. Oral thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth.
Participants in the study included 215 nursing home residents between the ages of 60 and 102 years old. They were given either a lozenge containing two strains of the probiotic Lactobacillus retri or a placebo twice daily for 12 weeks. The researcher collected saliva and plaque samples at the beginning of the study and during the follow up period.
The researchers found that the proportion of participants with high Candida counts at the onset of the study was reduced by more than 50% in the probiotic lozenge group. The placebo group showed no changes when compared with their baseline levels.
Researchers from the Ljungby Public Dental Clinic and Halland Hospital in Sweden as well as researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print in the Journal of Dental Research on July 22, 2015.
Probiotics are most commonly associated with improving digestion and gut health, however they have also been shown to have other health benefits, including strengthening the immune system and reducing the risk of chronic disease.
Probiotics can be found naturally in many foods, such as yogurt, milk and sauerkraut. You may also consider taking a high quality supplement, as was done in this study, but make sure it is packaged to block light, air and moisture, which can easily kill probiotics.