An estimated 80 percent of adults will experience gum disease at some time in their lives. While most of these cases are mild and easily treated, some will develop into chronic disorders and require more advanced periodontal solutions.

Chronic periodontitis is one of the worst forms of gum disease. In this advanced stage, treatments are often minimally successful and risks for systemic issues linked to gum disease are significantly increased.

For mild cases of gum disease, improving your oral hygiene routine may be all that is required. This will include more frequent brushing, consistent flossing, and regular dental visits. Research suggests it may also include adding a probiotic to your diet.

Probiotics have long been known to aid in digestion and help keep the GI tract healthy. Some probiotics, particularly lactobacillus reuteri, have also been shown to help prevent cavities by neutralizing damaging bacteria in the mouth. It is no surprise then, that a recent study found lactobacillus reuteri to improve the efficacy of periodontal treatment by 53 percent.

As with all probiotics, lactobacillus reuteri can be found in a number of cultured and fermented foods. This particular strain of beneficial bacterium can also be found in supplement form. Neither method is more effective, but supplements are often better for people who suffer from lactose intolerance as dairy products remain the most readily available food source of probiotics.

If you are suffering from gum disease, Smile Esthetics Scottsdale would be happy to discuss the benefits of adding a probiotic supplement to your diet or increasing your intake of foods that contain lactobacillus such as yogurt and kefir as a complement to your professional periodontal treatments.

If you are noticing symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding or swollen gums or would like to learn more about maintaining optimal oral health, please contact Smile Esthetics Scottsdale at (480) 867-1727 today.