BLIS M18 in Clinical Study Shows Significant Results in Treating Cavity-Prone Children

BLIS M18 and Preventing Cavities

Blonde Smiling Kid Thumbs UpAre oral probiotics effective in preventing cavities, especially in children and young adults? This group of scientific researchers seem to think so and they found significant reductions in the key indicators that lead to cavities, plaque deposits and the presence of the S. Mutans strain of bacteria in the mouth.

The study was conducted by a team of research scientists in Italy to examine the effectiveness of the probiotic strain BLIS M18 as a preventive measure in reducing the incidence of dental caries (cavities) in at-risk patients.

Selected were a group of 76 children that were determined to be at-risk for the development of dental caries. The children were separated into two groups, both dissolved tablets in their mouths but only one group received tablets containing the oral probiotic BLIS M18. The children continued to take the tablets for 90 days, at which time results were measured.

The group taking the oral probiotic M18 saw a 50% reduction in the amount of dental plaque. Additionally, and quite importantly, this group also saw a 75% reduction in mutans streptococci-these are the bacteria that are closely associated with causing cavities. That was a huge result and improvement from a very simple daily action of sucking on a lozenge.

Here is what the researchers wrote:

“According to our results, 90 days treatment with this oral probiotic has increased the chances of avoiding new cavities in children”

They went on to discuss how the strain M18 actually releases bacteriocins (like natural antibiotics) that inhibit the growth of the S. Mutans bacteria. The M18 strain also releases enzymes that help to breakdown plaque and to balance the pH levels in the mouth.

As the researchers said “dietary supplementation with BLIS M18 significantly increases the chances of avoiding dental caries… ”

Our Advanced Oral Probiotics are packed with BLIS M18, and also BLIS K12 which is great for overall immune health and fighting ear-nose-throat infections. What a great and simple way to boost the oral health for the whole family.

Food, Diet, Oral Care and Tooth Decay

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Foods and Dietary Practices that Can Cause Tooth Decay

If you read our earlier posts you know that the cause of tooth decay is, in simple terms, ACID. Acid is produced by certain bacteria in your mouth, these bacteria produce acid as a part of their life cycle and this production is fueled by sugar.

This process creates acids and an acidic pH level in the mouth resulting in demineralization and erosion of the enamel… creating holes and crumbling the otherwise strong teeth. So the solution lies with controlling the acid and pH created.

The further solution lies with consistently controlling the acidic environment in your mouth. This task is actually simpler than one would think and certainly is simpler than fixing cavities, getting a root canal or wearing dentures!

First is diet, the obvious answer is to avoid or limit sugary foods and acidic drinks. Now, this is not realistic for most of us on a 100% basis but there are ways to moderate the bad effects of acids and sugars in our diet, more on that in a moment.

But, since high sugar intake–whether from sweets, added sugars, condiments or simple carbohydrates, such as white flour that rapidly breaks down to sugars–is bad for your health then cutting back on these is a wise idea… and you might even lose some weight.

Other prime culprits are acidic drinks, such as sodas (whether diet or sugar) and many juices. For example:

  • Gatorade has a pH of 2.4 is loaded with sugar
  • Orange juice isn’t much better with a pH of 3.8 and tons of sugar as well-bad choice
  • Coke and Pepsi are around a pH of 2.5, no need to point out the high sugar content there
  • Most diet sodas are in the 3.0 range
  • For comparison, stomach acid is at a pH of 2.0. A neutral pH is around 7.0–drinks in this range would include milk, water and brewed tea (no sugar)

Point being that these worthless drinks-sodas, diet sodas and even juices–deliver the double whammy of acid and sugars, a perfect cocktail for tooth decay.

One way to help control this is follow sugar intake with some pH balancing foods, such as cheese, or drinks such as black tea (no sugar) or water. However there is another factor that plays a big role in this, timing and exposure. Your body is a wondrous mechanism and it of course has evolved a method of stabilizing acid in the mouth, this is primarily through the production of saliva. Saliva helps to stabilize the pH to non-acidic levels as well as to remove the food particles and sugars from the mouth.

This process takes time, so if one is continually eating or drinking the sugary or acidic foods then the body never has a chance to restore a healthier pH level AND this gives the acid time to eat away at your teeth.

Example: one 16-oz soda or sugary treat taken in one sitting is far, far, far less destructive than that same soda sipped on all day long or a treat nibbled at.

So, while far better to knock off all that inferior food, you can do a lot to control the pH of your mouth by not sipping or grazing on these foods all day long. And when you do so, follow up with a rinse of water or a glass of brewed black tea-or a higher pH food such as a piece of cheese. In addition, chewing with a sugar-free gum (your best choice is a Xylitol sweetened gum) can help to not only clear the mouth but to stimulate saliva flow as well.

MESSAGE: Control the sugars and acidity by minimally NOT GRAZING or DRINKING acidic or sugars or simple carbohydrates throughout the day. Limit consumption of not only quantity but frequency as well. Follow such foods, minimally, with a rinse or swish of clean water.

A Consistent Oral Health Regimen to Prevent Cavities

While we won’t go into the best way to brush or floss your teeth here, there is one point that is important to make and will hopefully help to inspire you to take regular care of your teeth.

Most of us think of brush, flossing or tongue scraping as a means of cleaning our teeth and removing food residue. While this is true there is another VERY IMPORTANT reason we do these actions: we are disturbing the bacterial colonies and disrupting the destructive actions such as acid production and plaque build-up. That is why regular, routine oral hygiene is so important. If it was just food removal and cleaning then one could probably skip it and slack off, but the bacteria has a life cycle and the oral hygiene is a very critical element in the ongoing task of disrupting that life cycle before it causes harm to your teeth and gums.
Lesson to be learned: keep your oral health routine consistent and follow a twice-a-day practice for the best oral health results.

Oral Probiotics for Great Oral Health

Our oral probiotics do a number of amazing things for your mouth and for your health. But there are two actions or benefits that are really important to mention in terms of dental caries or cavities.

  • One, the beneficial bacteria introduced works to inhibit the acid-producing bacteria by both crowding it out and by killing it off. This beneficial bacteria creates its own higher pH levels. So it delivers a double blow against an acidic and destructive pH level, restoring a healthier, neutral pH balance to your mouth.
  • Two, the beneficial bacteria stimulates saliva flow which is critical to the health of your mouth and to combating tooth decay.
  • Three: our formulation contains ingredients that actually remineralize the teeth, helping your body to restore and heal the damage caused by acidic erosion over time.

There you have it, follow this advice, get regular cleanings and consider adding our oral probiotics to your regimen and you’ll be way ahead in winning the game against tooth decay.

How Do Dental Cavities Form and Can They Be Prevented?

How Dental Cavities Form

cavites, oral health, dental caries, cavity prevention, oral probioticsWe all can agree that dental caries, or tooth cavities, are a bad thing. While the loss of teeth, with its attendant pain and discomfort, is bad enough there are also other factors to consider, such as: inability to eat well leading to poor nutrition, the bacterial infections that accompany tooth decay and which can spread into the gums and throughout your entire system, plus the expense of surgery and dental repairs. Without doubt it is in your best interests to prevent cavities and such.

For you children it is a very, very important point. A child’s immune system is often more susceptible than an adult’s and so the bacterial infections pose a greater risk. Additionally there is a pattern between poor oral health and hygiene at a young age that is carried forward into adulthood. And with huge numbers of Americans losing ALL their teeth by age 65, well it is a big favor to your kids to get them off to a strong and healthy start.

So, in a simple view, what are dental caries and how do cavities come about? The simple answer is: ACID. Even if not chemists, we all know that acids can eat away at things and literally dissolve them. This can be a good thing, without stomach acids we could not break down foods and would starve. But in the wrong place ACID is a very bad thing.

The oral cavity is full of bacteria of all kinds. They are not bad by nature, in fact without bacteria you would probably not be here to read this! But when certain bacteria grow out of control, or out of proportion, then problems multiply. This is what happens when dental cavities come about, the bacteria produces acid and the acid attacks the surface of your teeth, the enamel, and “melts” it away.

The main bacterial culprits are the strains called Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus lactobacilli which are present in the biofilm that coats your teeth. (BIOFILM means just what it sounds like, a living film of bacteria that coats a surface, in this case your teeth. Biofilm is very sticky and resists the entrance of other bacteria)

Food and drink (particularly from sugars and simple carbohydrates) stimulate these particular bacteria and in their life process they then produce acids. As they are in a biofilm, on the teeth, this brings the acid into direct contact with the enamel. The acids literally remove the calcium and the phosphate from the enamel, this is called demineralization, and the enamel gets thinner and thinner until holes open up. Without the hard, protective layer of the enamel then the softer interior of the tooth simply rots–and cavities are formed.

This process of course happens over time. Teeth are natively pretty strong and it takes an ongoing assault by the acids to create those cavities. This is good news because it means that tooth decay can be prevented. And, as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

The actions to prevent tooth decay are actually rather simple, in fact they boil down to effectively controlling the bacteria in your mouth so as to prevent the long-term negative effects of acid on your teeth (as well as plaque build-up and gum disease).

As you will see, in further posts, a big part of why our oral probiotics are so effective is that they stabilize the pH in your mouth to healthy levels. This comes about primarily from rebalancing the bacteria–crowding out the acid-producing “bad” bacteria–and by restoring salvia flow, which is a powerful and natural means of controlling acid in the oral cavity.

Hope this helps and more to come in this series on GREAT ORAL HEALTH!

Tooth Decay Called TOP CHILDHOOD CHRONIC ILLNESS, Can It Be Prevented?

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Cavities, or dental caries, have been around mankind for a long time. Although caries are greatly promoted by sugars and the modern diet this does not mean that they just came into existence. Rather the opposite is true. In terms of recorded diseases, dental caries go all the way back into prehistoric times… back to skulls from millions of years ago where archeological evidence shows signs of tooth decay way back when.

But, this was millions of years ago, before dentists, flossing, brushing, medicines and all of the modern tools and information we have to combat this crisis. Seriously, we should have this licked by now.

Unfortunately the opposite is true, especially amongst our children. It is so bad that it is considered the top chronic childhood illness and just taking care of the tooth decay consumes hundreds of millions of hours each year, not to mention the pain and discomfort related to it.

Oral health and tooth decay is a major health issue for kids and adults alike. Depending upon what geographical area or country you look in, the facts are that two-thirds or more (in some areas this figure is close to 90%, yikes!) are affected with caries, tooth decay is rampant.

As tooth decay, and oral health issues, lead to so many other health issues–from heart disease to malnutrition to depression and others–this is not a minor health concern but one that can undermine our entire health and quality of life.

Diet plays a big role as does maintaining a quality oral health regimen–more on this in future posts. But as the main culprit is bacterial overgrowth and the byproducts of the bacterial life-cycle, then directly addressing this action would be a wise activity.

At Great Oral Health we believe we are providing a big part of that answer with the supplementation of oral probiotics into ones oral health regimen, thus balancing the bacterial colonies and stabilizing the pH to healthy levels.

There will be more information on tacking dental caries effectively in upcoming posts all this week, so read our mini-series for a broader picture on what you can do to improve the oral health of your children, your family and yourself.

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