Probiotic Toothpastes And Oral Supplements Reduce Levels Of Mouth Candida And Bacteria

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The human mouth often contains heavy growth of fungi such as Candida and potentially harmful bacteria such as various species of Streptococcus and Staphylococcus.  Growth of Candida and various bacteria in the mouth has been linked to oral health problems such as gingivitis and dental cavities. 


Several studies have reported that adding probiotic bacteria like Lactobacillus may be helpful in reducing mouth levels of Candida and pathogenic bacteria.  A recent Croatian study reported that probiotic bacteria containing
Lactobacillus paracasei and Lactobacillus acidophilus significantly reduced growth of Candida albicans and Streptococcus salivarius 1.  

 

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Another study reported that an oral probiotic  containing 
Bacillus subtilis R0179 significantly reduced growth of Candida albicans and parapsilosis 2.  Further research is needed to develop probiotic containing mouthwashes, toothpastes, and oral supplements.

References / Sources

 

1.              Parcina Amizic I, Cigic L, Gavic L, et al. Antimicrobial efficacy of probiotic-containing toothpastes: an in vitro evaluation. Medicinski glasnik : official publication of the Medical Association of Zenica-Doboj Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina. 2017;14(1):139-144.

 

2.              Zhao C, Lv X, Fu J, He C, Hua H, Yan Z. In vitro inhibitory activity of probiotic products against oral Candida species. J Appl Microbiol. 2016;121(1):254-262.

 

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