Marie ParksHave you ever had bad breath or bleeding gums? If you answered yes, please keep reading.
While it’s common practice to brush and floss twice a day in addition to regular dental exams, there are a large number of people who just don't do it consistently, if at all.
Even so, people who are strict about their dental hygiene can still experience oral issues such as bad breath and bleeding gums.
And while these symptoms aren’t always indicative of major health problems, they can be a sign that there is overgrowth of bacteria, inflammation, and infection…the gateway to more serious diseases.
In fact, more than 50% of adults have gum inflammation ranging from mild to aggressive that can eventually cause tooth loss and malnutrition.1
Oral Hygiene Warning SignsIt’s normal to occasionally experience bad breath and bleeding gums. However, if you notice that these are occurring more often than normal, it might be time to visit the dentist and take on a more comprehensive oral hygiene regimen.
Some of the signs and symptoms to look out for are:
- Tender, bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose, shifting teeth
Gum disease has been associated with an increased risk for other systemic issues like coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, various cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, lung issues, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and kidney issues.2, 3
Many diseases that you may not associate with oral health actually begin in the mouth!
The Underlying Causes of Gum and Dental IssuesOf course, a poor oral hygiene regimen will most likely cause gum and dental issues, but as mentioned previously, even those who follow the textbook rules for oral hygiene can still become a victim of these issues.
The underlying cause of gum disease is a vicious cycle between excessive growth of bacteria, infection, and inflammation. To protect against the development of gum disease, it’s best to address all of the underlying factors. Here's how to protect yourself beyond brushing and flossing.
Good Bacteria Can Boost Your Oral HealthA strain of bacteria called S. salivarius (strain BLIS M18™) competes with the dangerous bacteria that cause gingivitis and periodontitis by secreting bacteriocin-like inhibitory substances (BLIS) called lantibiotics. Lantibiotics are antimicrobial substances that destroy harmful organisms.4
Here are additional ways in which S. salivarius works:
- It produces enzymes that break down dental plaque.5 Plaque is one of the contributors to gum disease and tooth decay. Furthermore, if plaque hardens into tartar, it makes a nice resting place for additional bacteria.
- It supports a healthy oral pH by neutralizing acids. An acidic oral pH causes teeth to demineralize and also creates a favorable environment for bacteria.
- It colonizes the mouth and gums so that its protective effects remain even after the applied dose is gone.6
- Plaque index score reduced by 44.58%.
- Gingival index score reduced by 42%.
- Sulcular bleeding index score reduced by almost 53%.
- Probing pocket depth decreased by 20%.
A Synergistic Probiotic Combination for Oral HygieneA patented strain of the probiotic B. coagulans called GanedenBC30® has been shown to work alongside S. salivarius to provide all around oral protection.
GanedenBC30® has been shown to block the growth of the bacteria that cause tooth decay (Streptococcus mutans).8
The way that GanedenBC30® works is by increasing our body’s natural resistance to damaging organisms by boosting immune system function.9
The Bottom LineSince our mouth is often our first line of defense against disease, it’s important to practice a daily oral hygiene regimen of brushing and flossing and perform regular dental check-ups.
If you'd like to further prevent gum or dental issues, consider supplementing with oral hygiene probiotics that work specifically in the mouth to safeguard against disease-causing bacteria.
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