Great Oral Health Advanced Oral Probiotics FAQs
The maintenance period is ongoing. Studies have shown that unlike intestinal probiotics, which can and do reestablish themselves after several months, oral probiotics require ongoing supplementation. For the maintenance period one tablet per day all that is needed and the use at night, after all brushing, flossing, drinking, etc, before bed is best.
The intestinal tract and the mouth are connected but they are very different systems. There are multiple types of bacteria and microorganisms to be found in both areas and what may serve a function or provide a benefit to your gut may not be helpful in restoring good gum health.
There are also unique factors in the mouth that require the use of specific probiotics. These are factors such as: the interaction with saliva, adhesion to enamel and the integration into the oral bio-film.
In addition, intestinal probiotics are often designed to survive the highly acidic environment of the stomach, in order to make it through to the intestines. Those protections would also prevent them from being available in your mouth as well.
However the studies done to date all suggest significant support for the benefits to be had from the use of oral probiotics.
Some of the claimed benefits that have support to date include:
- Reduction and control of chronic bad breath
- Reduction in number of dental caries/cavities (these results were from tests on children)
- Controls the bacteria primarily responsible for the formation of dental plaque
- Controls Candida Albicans and thus oral yeast infections (results obtained on the elderly)
- Reduction and control of ear/nose/throat infections
In addition there have been some anecdotal claims of whiter teeth but this claim has yet to find clinical support.
The control and reduction of bad breath is one on the best supported benefits to the use of oral probiotics.
In simple terms, the primary cause of bad breath is to found in the production of volatile sulfur compounds, or VSC, which takes place in both periodontal pockets and on the tongue.
VSC is produced by microorganisms. Tests have shown that the VSC production can be significantly reduced by the use of specific probiotics.
For example, one study showed that a probiotic by the name of S. salivarius K12 reduced the oral VSC levels in 85% of the subjects in the test group.
Another probiotic has been shown to “co-aggregate” or group with the VSC producing microbes and this has the effect of “crowding out” the bad bacteria and thus lowering its production.
On a non-clinical and strictly usage basis the number one positive response we here from users of the Great Oral Health probiotics is that they all experience cleaner and fresher mouths.
It is interesting that a number of users reported to us that they experienced a whitening of the teeth. There may be some support to these claims. It is a known fact that Lactobacillus acidophilus, one of the strains in our formulation, does produce hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a very effective bleaching agent and is often used in professional and home teeth whitening kits.
There is also something called “Biofilm” in your mouth. Stated simply a biofilm forms when microorganisms colonize and aggregate together in a sticky film on a surface. Dental plaque is an example of a biofilm. Probiotics have been shown to control plaque. As plaque can lead to yellowing of your teeth it only makes sense that less plaque=less yellowing.
So while no clinical tests have been done as yet on the possibility of oral probiotics being able to whiten teeth, it is not altogether improbable that this might be one of the beneficial side effects of using them.
One clinical study conducted in Sweden in 2006 stated in conclusion that: “Lactobacillus reuteri was efficacious in reducing both gingivitis and plaque in patients with moderate to severe gingivitis.” (NOTE: Lactobacillus reuteri is one of the strains in our probiotic formulation)
Dental plaque is a biofilm, a sticky grouping of bacteria/microorganisms that adhere to the surfaces of the teeth. The growth of plaque is stimulated by the sugars in our diet, particularly carbohydrates and sugary foods. These sugars spur the bacteria to grow more rapidly. A key byproduct of this bacteria growth is the acids that these bacteria produce. The acids eat away at the tooth enamel, causing cavities, and can also lead to the decay of underlying, supporting bone tissue.
Plaque is also directly connected to gum disease, starting with gingivitis and leading, if untreated, to periodontitis-with a potential for loss of teeth and other ailments such as heart disease, immune system conditions and dementia.
In a very short explanation, the thinking behind why probiotics are effective in controlling dental plaque comes down to two main actions:
- One, the beneficial probiotics colonize and crowd out the bad bacteria
- Two, some probiotics produce substances that directly inhibit or kill off the bad bacterias. Almost like a natural antibiotic.
All-in-all the control and reduction of dental plaque is one of the cornerstones of great oral health. Oral probiotics have been shown to be effective in controlling plaque and gingivitis.
While there are many factors that contribute to dental cavities and decay, a key characteristic is the weakening of the tooth enamel. This weakening is primarily due to the presence of acids and the resultant loss of minerals in the enamel. Acid is formed by bacteria in the biofilm (a grouping of micro organisms that adhere to a surface-in this case the teeth). The primary bacteria responsible is “Streptococci Mutans.”
Multiple tests have shown that specific probiotics will interfere with the growth and profliferation of the pathogenic (bad) bacteria in the biofilm, saliva and mouth. A reduction in the presence of these pathogenic bacteria should create an environment that would discourage tooth decay and caries formation.
In 2001 a study was conducted on children aged 1 to 6 to determine the effectiveness of probiotics in preventing tooth decay. This study concluded that the children consuming the probiotic had significantly fewer dental caries and lowered counts of Streptococci Mutans in their salvia than their counterparts in the control group.
While further studies need to be done, all results to date indicate a very promising future for oral probiotics in preventing tooth decay, enamel loss and the prevention of dental caries.
- Probiotics have been shown to improve the ecology in the mouth by neutralizing acidic conditions
- Probiotics inhibit and interfere with the growth of pathogenic bacteria. This is largely accomplished by: (1) colonizing and “crowding out” other bacteria and (2) producing substances (such as hydrogen peroxide) that inhibit or kill off bad bacteria
- Tests have shown that patients that have periodontal disease experience positive benefit from the use of probiotics
Unlike intestinal probiotics, where the probiotics have been shown to establish themselves and repopulate, oral probiotics need to be routinely introduced into the oral cavity.
For maintenance and continued benefits this only requires one tablet a day, taken at night before retiring. This will ensure the continued introduction of the beneficial probiotics into the dental biofilm, the saliva and gums.
Some of the challenges are:
- A probiotic needs to be able to adhere to the dental surfaces
- A probiotic needs to be able to colonize and aggregate with the microorganisms in the dental biofilm
- A probiitic must not produce a high-level of acids in its metabolism process
- A probiotic must be capable of overpowering and inhibiting the pathogenic and cariogenic bacteria
To be able to meet these challenges requires a broad spectrum of probiotic strains. Each has their specific place and specific function in creating an ecology for great oral health. Plus, one of key purposes of taking probiotics is to reestablish a healthy biological balance in the mouth. These criteria are accomplished by having the proper blend and proportions of the probiotic strains.
Important–Probiotics are LIVE microorganisms. Not only is it important that they are manufactured with the highest quality standards they must be manufactured and packaged to ensure adequate potency and effectiveness over the life of the product.
Our oral probiotics are manufactured using the LiveBac process. This ensures a high-level ofhave one of highest levels of live, active probiotics available, not only at time of manufactured but also of GUARANTEED strength and potency up to the time of expiration.
Our oral probiotics have a unique blend and balance of highly active and highly potent strains of beneficial bacteria. They are manufactured to ensure one of the highest levels of both potency and shelf life.
Combined, our Advanced Oral Probiotics are designed to deliver a uniquely powerful level of great oral health.
The product does not require refrigeration. However these are live microorganisms and they should be stored out of extreme temperatures or direct sunlight. For most individuals this means that they can be conveniently kept near ones nightstand or bathroom sink for easy use.
However there have been concerns that individuals with severely compromised or weakened immune systems should take probiotics with caution. These concerns are primarily directed towards the ingestion of intestinal probiotics yet still caution should be exercised in these cases.
If you are suffering from any severe medical condition then it is advised to consult with your physician or medical provider.
Tests conducted on the benefits of oral probiotics in relation to ear, nose and throat infections have shown strong support to the beneficial effects and support from the use of oral probiotics.
Probiotics are already in use to assist with feminine yeast problems and an oral use is also supported for yeast overgrowth. One factor at work is the production of hydrogen pyroxide by some probiotics. Hydrogen pyroxide is a power agent in combating yeast strains such as Candida Albicans.
The product does not contain any animal byproducts and is suitable for vegetarians.
For vegans, a whey media is a food source for the probiotic organisms during the fermentation process. There are are minute traces of whey protein (not lactose) remaining once the fermentation process has been completed. These traces of milk protein are at a microscopic level, less than 2.5 parts per million, hence it would not be a suitable product for strict vegans.
We do not use any GMO type products and our oral probiotics are 100% GMO free.
Our probiotics do not contain any of the following: soy, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, bee pollen or gluten. Neither we nor the manufacturers have had any reports that these products caused any allergic reaction.