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Gum Disease and Probiotics

If you like yogurt or other cultured foods and drinks you may be benefiting your gums in ways you never imagined. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study has found that products containing Lactobacillus reuteri, a common probiotic, increase the efficacy of gum disease treatment by 53 percent. While further studies are needed to determine if lactobacillus can help prevent gum disease, its ability to improve the efficacy of treatment is very encouraging.

This study found lactobacillus reuteri equally effective to antibiotics in the treatment of gum disease. However, because probiotics do not come with any of the adverse side-effects of antibiotics, it offers hope to those who may be sensitive or allergic, and to those who simply wish to avoid antibiotic use. During your treatment evaluation with Tarrytown dentist Dr. Wanda Mejia it can best be determined which option is right for you.

Avoiding Gum Disease

A diet rich in dairy foods can help strengthen teeth and may increase resistance to certain forms of periodontal disease. However, dietary changes should never be seen as an alternative to brushing, flossing, and regular visits to our office. Maintaining a thorough daily routine and visiting Dr. Mejia every six months remains the best way to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health issues.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Tarrytown area of New York, please contact Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mejia today.