Oral Micro flora is an important factor in the health of teeth and gums
So much has been written and said about oral care that it will not take a lifetime to re-read all the information. However, modern dentistry does not stand still. One of the latest trends is the focus on normalization of the oral microflora.
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What is the oral microbiota?
This is an evolutionarily formed set of microorganisms in the oral cavity that constantly interact with each other and the human body. Experts count about 200 species of such inhabitants: bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa.
The entire oral microflora is divided into saprophytic and conditionally pathogenic
Saprophytic microflora is constantly present, does not have a pathogenic effect, and even benefits: it supports local immunity. Conditionally pathogenic microflora is activated with a decrease in the body’s defenses and causes the development of problems, such as caries, bleeding gums and bad breath. To maintain the proper level of hygiene, products containing synbiotics – useful combinations of probiotics and prebiotics-have appeared.
Probiotics are cultures of microorganisms that help maintain the balance of the oral microflora and prevent opportunistic and pathogenic microorganisms from “raising their heads” and realizing their pathogenic potential. One of these probiotics is lysate of the culture of thermophilic streptococcus-Streptococcus thermophyllus. This beneficial microorganism plays an active role in restoring the oral microbiota, inhibits the formation of microbial biofilms, and disrupts intercellular communication between bacteria. Stabilizes the pH level of the oral cavity to the physiological norm of 7.2-7.5, as well as modulates non-specific protection and activates local immunity.
Prebiotics are biologically active substances that are used to enhance the effect of a probiotic. These include, for example:: green tea extract, Baikal skullcap extract, horsetail extract, hop cones extract, corn stigmas extract, marshmallow extract, propolis, chitosan, povidone, polyfructosans and others. The combination of probiotic and prebiotic allows you to achieve synergy and show an enhanced, so-called synbiotic effect, ensuring the stability of the microbiota and maintaining oral health.
Disrupt the natural balance of the oral microflora:
- incorrect and irregular oral hygiene
- smoking and drinking alcohol
- consumption of excess carbohydrates
- stress issues
- vitamin deficiency
- use of “hard” antiseptics (such as chlorhexidine)
Against this background, conditionally pathogenic flora provokes:
- plaque formation and caries development
- inflammation and bleeding of the gums
- persistent bad breath and other problems