A recent placebo-controlled, double-blind study has found that the probiotic lactobacillus reuteri improves the efficacy of treatment for patients with chronic periodontitis by 53 percent. This improvement is identical to that provided by antibiotics and may prove invaluable to people with advanced gum disease who cannot handle antibiotics or choose to avoid them for medical reasons. Oklahoma City dentist Dr. Terry Bass would be happy to discuss this with you in greater detail during your periodontal treatment evaluation.
Lactobacillus reuteri is a probiotic found naturally in the human gut. It has long been known to prohibit the growth of harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay, but this new study is the first to look at its benefits in the treatment of gum disease. Lactobacillus reuteri and other probiotic strains can easily be added to the diet by increasing your intake of cultured foods such as yogurt. Pills containing active strains of this bacterium are also readily available at most pharmacies and supermarkets.
Dr. Bass suggests taking a combined approach in the prevention and treatment of common oral health problems. During your next appointment he can discuss the value of adding probiotics as well as other foods that may be beneficial to your overall oral health.
To schedule an appointment with our experienced Oklahoma City dentist, please contact Terry Bass, DDS today.