Can Yogurt Improve Dental Health?

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Mon, 09/22/2014

Yogurt contains calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, all of which have been identified as being beneficial to oral health. These minerals, also found in a variety of other dairy products, are typically hailed for their ability to strengthen teeth, but this is not the only potential oral health benefit of yogurt.

Yogurt, like all cultured foods, contains bacteria known as probiotics. These helpful bacteria are essential for proper digestive functioning and are naturally found in the human gut. Now, studies conducted on patients with chronic periodontists have found that certain probiotic strains can actually increase the efficacy of gum disease treatment by as much as 53 percent.

In a recent double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers found probiotics just as effective as antibiotics at treating gum disease. Because probiotics are naturally present in the body and do not come with any of the negative side-effects of antibiotics, this may allow people who suffer from chronic gum disease to improve treatment success without further placing their bodies at risk. During your treatment consultation, Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake can discuss this with you in greater detail to help you determine if probiotics could be beneficial to your oral health.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of gum disease, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule a treatment consultation at our Fresno dental office today.