Probiotic Strain May Help Improve Halitosis in Children
Halitosis, or bad breath, is caused by bacteria build up in the mouth, often as a result of poor dental hygiene. A recent study suggests that supplementation with the BLIS K12 probiotic strain may help improve bad breath in children.
Participants in the study included 208 boys and girls who were healthy but exhibited bad breath. For three months, they underwent one of four interventions:
- Conventional brushing and flossing;
- Conventional brushing and flossing, plus tongue scraping;
- Conventional brushing and flossing, plus tongue scraping, plus chlorhexidine wash;
- All of the above, plus one slow-dissolving tablet of BLIS K12 probiotic, containing 1 x 109 colony forming units.
The researchers tested bad breath using the organoleptic test at one week and three months after starting the interventions. Additionally, the parents gauged their children’s bad breath.
At the conclusion of the study, 90% of the parents of children who took the probiotic supplement were satisfied with their breath. The researchers also gave the children higher scores in their assessment.
Researchers Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Iran conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print in Oral Health & Preventative Dentistry.
While probiotics are most commonly linked to improving digestion and gut health, they have also been shown to have other health benefits, including a stronger immune system, and a reduced risk of chronic disease.