Probiotics Protect Your Gum And Heart Health

| December 2, 2015

In recent years, research has established a clear link between dental health and heart health. Many experts believe that certain bacteria that cause gingivitis (bleeding, inflamed gums caused by a build-up of plaque), such as streptococcus mutans, pass through your bloodstream and can eventually affect your heart health… often with potentially fatal consequences.

Additionally, if plaque isn’t removed regularly, it grows and can cause periodontitis — chronic inflammation of the gum tissue, causing it to separate from the tooth, which forms a periodontal pocket that can lead to bone and tooth loss.

It turns out that in addition to maintaining good oral hygiene with regular brushing, flossing and trips to your dentist, there is one more thing you can do to keep periodontitis at bay… and protect your heart in the process.

Research findings, published in the Journal of Oral Microbiology, have revealed that probiotic-containing lozenges can significantly reduce the severity of periodontitis.

The researchers recruited 30 people with chronic periodontitis, but who were considered otherwise healthy. All of the participants were given the standard treatment for periodontitis — scaling and root plaining (SRP) — in one half of their mouth, whereas the teeth in the other half were left untreated.

After three weeks, the participants were randomly assigned to receive either probiotic lozenges containing Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis or a placebo twice a day.

After 21 days, the researchers found significant reductions in the severity of periodontitis in the participants receiving the probiotic lozenges.

The researchers also found that the probiotic lozenges, either alone or combined with SRP, reduced levels of three different pathogenic bacteria (causing gingivitis) by up to 90 per cent, compared with the other treatments.

The combination of probiotic lozenges plus SRP was also found to be superior for reducing gingivitis and plaque.

Commenting on the findings, the researchers said: “The present randomized controlled trial confirms the plaque inhibition, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial effects of L. reuteri Prodentis.”

When it comes to probiotics and heart health, a study published in the International Journal of Cardiology, found improvements in the heart function and a reduction in cholesterol and inflammatory markers, in cardiovascular patients who were treated with S. boulardii-containing supplements. Numerous other studies have produced similar results and you’ll now find probiotics in health food stores specifically aimed at helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

So it looks like supplementing with probiotics will not only keep your gut healthy, but also your gums and your heart.

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Sources:

Journal of Oral Microbiology 2010, 2: 5344 – DOI: 10.3402/jom.v2i0.5344

Probiotic therapy with Saccharomyces boulardii for heart failure patients: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot trial, International Journal of Cardiology , doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2014.11.034

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