Using Good Bacteria to Battle the Bad

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Thu, 05/05/2016

To learn how probiotics can bolster your daily oral hygiene routine, call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at <a href=559-224-0103 today" src="/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: right;" />In 2013, researchers found that specific probiotic strains – strains of helpful bacteria – were just as effective as antibiotics in the treatment of chronic periodontitis. Now, new studies into probiotics have found that a newly identified strain – currently known as A12 – is highly effective at killing Streptococcus mutans, the bacterial strain most commonly related to dental cavities.

A12 is very effective at breaking down arginine, one of two compounds secreted by the mouth that have been linked to cavity formation. Perhaps most exciting, studies conducted into A12 have found that simply taking a pill is enough to increase levels of this helpful bacteria and aid in the prevention of cavities. Much like you may take a probiotic pill to assist with digestion and immune response, you may soon be able to take one that works with your daily oral hygiene routine to help prevent harmful bacteria from destroying tooth enamel.

Of course, there is no magic pill for fighting cavities. To help ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy, you still need to brush after every meal, floss daily, and visits Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake every six months for cleanings and examinations. However, if you are prone to cavities despite your best efforts or if you are simply looking for a safe and effective way to boost your oral hygiene routine, probiotics may hold the key.

If you are overdue for a cleaning and examination, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling 559-224-0103 to schedule your next appointment. Dr. Miyake serves men and women living in and around Fresno, California.