PERIODONTAL ISSUE | FEBRUARY 2022
It’s often said that a smile is the best thing you can wear. In fact, the act of smiling does more than just show off our pearly whites, it releases dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin to make us feel happier, stress-free and confident. However, there are many predicaments related to the oral cavity that make it hard for patients to feel confident. Such as losing your teeth to periodontitis, being forced to wear ill-fitting dentures or suffering from a bad case of halitosis. Options like cosmetic dentistry have come very far since first being introduced, but is there a point in focusing on the cosmetic side of dentistry when someone’s oral health is compromised? Is there a point where cosmetic dentistry can only take you so far before you have to consider the bacterial implications of the oral cavity you’re working on?
Probiotics and Their Potential for Adjunctive Use in Periodontal Therapy
Oral Health Group 2021, Z Sheikh et al
Probiotics have garnered much attention in recent years for their use as a natural and beneficial anti-inflammatory remedy. When conversing about probiotics, people generally tend to think they’re used solely for their digestive health. In truth, probiotics can be utilized in many body areas, including the oral cavity, as an adjunct to treating periodontal disease. While the current treatments for diseases such as periodontitis are still considered the gold standard of care, they often have better results when an adjunct is added to improve the chances of a successful outcome and the duration of that success. The following article will discuss the potential adjunctive use of probiotics in periodontal therapy.
Alleviation of Halitosis by use of Probiotics and their Protective Mechanisms in the Oral Cavity
New Microbes New Infect. 2021,M Karbalaei et al
Most often, if we have bad breath we can attribute it to morning breath, eating a potent smelling dish or perhaps an infection or dental caries. Most of these causes have simple fixes; brushing, mouthwash or a dental exam to treat a problem with a tooth. However, for those unlucky few bad breaths is something that follows them around no matter how hard they try to keep their mouth fresh. Suffering from halitosis can have a profound effect on one’s self-esteem and put a stop to important social interactions that we as humans crave. Halitosis can be tricky to treat as it often includes treatment options that don’t always provide the best results. Thankfully, there are probiotic adjuncts out there that when used with regular brushing, confer a huge benefit to the oral cavity by flooding it with good bacteria which prevents the bad bacteria from gaining the upper hand. While most probiotics are used for the treatment of G.I disorders, various studies on the alleviation of halitosis by the use of probiotics have had good results. The present study investigated the positive effects of probiotics on prevention or treatment of halitosis.