Yogurt for Gum Health?

It’s common knowledge that the calcium in dairy products can help keep teeth strong. However, many people are unaware that the probiotics found in cultured dairy products such as yogurt and kefir are also beneficial for gum health.

In a double-blind, placebo controlled study it was found that probiotics improved the efficacy of scaling and root planing for the treatment of gum disease by 53 percent. This percentage is very similar to that offered by antibiotics, which may allow probiotics to be a suitable alternative for those who are sensitive to antibiotics or choose to avoid them for medical reasons.

Garner family dentist Dr. Adam Moore suggests taking a combined approach in the prevention and treatment of oral health issues. Adding probiotics, either through increased consumption of fermented and cultured foods or by taking a pill, has been shown to have significant oral and systemic health benefits. This should not, however, be seen as an alternative to a daily routine of brushing and flossing. During your next regularly scheduled cleaning and examination, Dr. Moore would be happy to discuss how best to maintain peak oral health now and well into the future.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Garner, North Carolina area, please contact Moore Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment today. Dr. Moore serves families living in Raleigh, Cary, Knightdale, and surrounding communities.

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