Oral Probiotics in Combating Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
You might have heard about probiotics being good for your gut health, but did you know they might also play a role in maintaining your oral health? Well, recent research has shown that a particular oral probiotic called Weissella cibaria CMU (let’s call it oraCMU for short) could be a new hero in fighting against harmful dental bacteria.
So, what did the OraTicx' researchers find?
oraCMU vs Harmful Dental Bacteria:
They found that oraCMU was really good at stopping the growth of a common harmful dental bacteria called Streptococcus mutans (or S. mutans for short) especially when it tries to stick to things like braces wires or fake teeth.
In fact, oraCMU was even better at this than many other oral probiotics they tested.
This is important because when harmful bacteria form sticky groups (called biofilms) on your teeth or braces, it can lead to cavities and other dental problems.
oraCMU Helps to Reduce Inflammation:
The researchers also looked at how oraCMU affects inflammation in our gums. Sometimes, certain bad bacteria can make our gums inflamed, which is a sign of gum disease.
They found that oraCMU can reduce the signals that cause this inflammation. What’s even cooler? It seems like oraCMU needs to be in direct contact with our gum cells to do this. This means it might be working up-close-and-personal to protect our gums.
Diving a Bit Deeper: The Experiments
Experiment with Braces Wires:
The researchers used something called a tube wire test. It's a bit like seeing how much bacteria would stick to braces wires in our mouths.
They found that oraCMU (and another similar probiotic called oraCMS1) were super effective in stopping S. mutans from forming those harmful sticky groups on the wires. In contrast, other popular probiotics weren’t as effective.
Experiment with Artificial Teeth:
The researchers then tested on fake teeth made of resin (kind of like the material some fillings are made of).
Again, oraCMU and oraCMS1 were champs at stopping S. mutans. Almost 97% of the harmful bacterial growth was stopped by oraCMU!
Our mouth is a bustling city of microbes, some good and some not-so-good. This research highlights how certain probiotics, especially oraCMU, could act like superheroes, battling against the harmful bacteria to protect our dental kingdom.
So, the next time you hear about oral probiotics, you'll know there's some solid science behind their potential to keep our smiles bright and healthy! 🦷🌟
To delve deeper into the findings of this research, we invite you to explore the comprehensive results by visiting the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2607/11/4/962.