How To Use Probiotics For Bad Breath Treatment

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Bad breath (Halitosis) can put even the most pleasant conversationalist to shame. Though, several medical and cosmetic solutions are available for combating the problem, they are mostly short lived and not highly effective, Moreover, many a times people don’t even realize that they suffer from the problem, hence, we advise regular use of probiotics for bad breath treatment.


 


How Probiotics Help Treat Bad Breath Treatment


Bad Breath is caused by accumulation of harmful micro organisms in the tongue and mouth region due to poor oral hygiene, improper denture cleaning, periodontal disease, dry mouth, tobacco consumption, and certain medical conditions, like respiratory infections, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, liver disorders and kidney disorders. The treatment involves reduction of bacterial populations by use of mechanical and antimicrobial agents. However, shortly after treatment the problematic bacteria repopulate and the malodour returns. Probiotics offer a natural and long term solution to this problem.


Probiotics primarily improve the good microbial count in the intestines thereby improving gut health and immunity. The also aid in digestion, gut motility, and improving bowel movements. Eradication of gastrointestinal problems help improve mouth odor. Secondly, the beneficial bacteria Streptococcus salivarius is absent in people suffering from bad breath, supplementation of this specific microbe also radically improves reoccurrence of oral malodour over a prolonged period.


 


How To Use Probiotics To Treat Bad Breath Treatment


  • Probiotic therapy and how quickly it works is dependent on dose and strain of microbe used.

  • A minimum of 5 to 10 million live microorganisms belonging to 2 to 3 strains are introduced in the human body to experience maximum therapeutic benefits.

  • The dose of probiotics is age dependent, as children need different levels of microbes compared to adults.

  • Probiotics work only if active cultures are present in them, thus the food labels must be referred to indentify the microbe present and expiration date of the product.

  • Probiotics should be taken on a regular basis for maintenance of a healthy digestive system and prevention of reoccurrence of bad breath.

  • Probiotics can be consumed in daily diet in the form of diary products like acidophilus milk, kefir, cultured milk, cultured buttermilk, and yogurt.

  • Probiotics can also be added to daily diet by incorporating soy, rice or coconut milk with live microbes, pickled vegetables (Raw kimchi, sauerkraut or pickled beets, carrots or other vegetables), probiotic juices, hummus, tempeh, natto, formulated health bars, miso, cereals, and certain probiotic salad dressings.

  • Probiotics are also available as a wide variety of dietary supplements in capsule, tablets or liquid forms for easy use.

  • Prebiotics when consumed along with probiotics boost their efficacy.


 


Best Probiotics for Bad Breath Treatment


The best probiotic strain for treatment of bad breath is Streptococcus salivarius, and it is found in Orabiotic blis K12, Xlear dental defense system (for infants), Oral flora, etc.


Other probiotics to maintain gastrointestinal health are Acidophilus milk, Nutrition now PB8 Acidophilus, Probiotic complex quantum, Probiotic yoghurt, ThreeLac, Choice Super 8 High Potency Probiotic, Advanced Adult Probiotic, Yakult, Align, Activia yogurt, Yoplait YoPlus, Stonyfield yogurt, Pearl, Dong Quai, Coco Biotic, Goodbelly splash, Goodbelly probiotic fruit drink, Mutaflor, Actimel, etc.


 


Things to Remember while Using Probiotic Therapy


Probiotic foods can be administered in any age group and is extremely safe. However, people who have compromised immunity should not be given probiotics as it increases the risk of infection.


 


To prevent or manage bad breath probiotic therapy should be combined with maintenance of proper dental hygiene and digestive system. Our article on Home remedies to cure bad breath would give you some more quick tips to counter this problem.


 


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