Prebiotics for Oral Heath

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You’ve likely heard about probiotics and the abundance of health benefits that they bring. Not only do they improve digestion by promoting a healthy balance of good gut bacteria, they can boost immunity by inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria. Evidence also shows their efficacy in improving mood and mental health; lowering cholesterol and blood pressure; and reducing the severity of certain skin conditions.

So, what exactly are probiotics? They are living microorganisms that are known for their health benefits, particularly in the gut. They are often found in fermented foods, like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, and kombucha. They are also taken in supplement form, and can even be found in certain toothpastes.

When it comes to toothpaste, however, the benefits of probiotics fall away a bit. According to Dr. Gerry Curatola, unlike the gut, the mouth is not an environment that copes well with foreign bacteria. While the gut is able to effectively utilize the abundance of healthy bacteria, they are more or less inert in the mouth. This is where prebiotics come in.

What are prebiotics? Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible fibers, that work as a fertilizer for existing healthy bacteria. Prebiotic toothpaste helps foster balance in the oral microbiome. Dr. Curatola launched the world’s first prebiotic toothpaste, called Revitin®—a patented formula of vitamins, enzymes, and minerals that supports cleaner, whiter teeth; stronger enamel; better protection against inflammation; and long lasting fresh breath, all while encouraging the growth of beneficial flora.

Dr. Golden uses her wealth of knowledge to take out the guesswork and work with her patients to build the best oral hygiene regimen. She offers Revitin toothpaste, among others, to provide a selection that can fit varying lifestyles. As a holistic practitioner, she looks at the whole person and their preferences to set individualized, attainable goals for a sustainably healthy smile.

Golden Dental Wellness Center is located at 444 Community Dr., Ste. 204, Manhasset. For more information, call 516-627-8400 or visit GoldenSmile.com.

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