Probiotic Lozenges Linked to Improved Gingival Health
Gingivitis is a chronic inflammation of the gums (gingivae), and is typically caused by a build up of plaque and food debris along the gum line. A recent study suggests that a probiotic combination of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and Bifidobacterium lactic BB-12 may help improve gingival health in teens.
Participants in the study included 108 boys between the ages of 13 and 15 who sucked either two probiotics lozenges or two placebo lozenges per day for four week. Plaque Index and Gingival Index were recorded at baseline and after four weeks.
After four weeks, the boys in the probiotic group showed a statistically significant reduction in the Gingival Index, when compared with the placebo. Specifically, there were significantly reduced microbial levels of A. actinomycetemcomitans and F. nucleatum in saliva and plaque and levels of P. gingivalis in plaque.
Researchers from Kuwait University led the study. It was published online ahead of print on April 10, 2018, in Beneficial Microbes.
While probiotics are most commonly linked to improving digestion and gut health, they have also been shown to been shown to help the body in numerous other ways. Probiotics can be found naturally in many foods, such as yogurt, milk and sauerkraut. You may also consider taking a high quality supplement but make sure it is packaged to block light, air and moisture, which can easily kill probiotics.