probiotic to prevent tooth decay

Wouldn’t it be great if you could take a pill that helped prevent tooth decay?

Research is underway that might make this a reality in the future, according to Medical News Today .

pH Balance in the Mouth

Ideally, you want your mouth pH to be neutral. A pH balance that is too acidic causes bacteria to form on the teeth, resulting in plaque, and acid also dissolves enamel, leading to cavities.

In your mouth, just like in your gut, good bacteria can restore a proper pH balance.

How It Works

When compounds break down in your mouth into ammonia, acid gets neutralized. You’ve probably noticed that some people tend to never get cavities, while others have frequent problems with cavities. People with no cavities have an oral chemistry that does a better job of breaking down the compounds and keeping the oral pH in good balance.

Researchers discovered that a certain bacteria (called A12) contains all the probiotic characteristics necessary to prevent cavities. Scientists are working to see whether people with high levels of A12 develop fewer cavities. A12 neutralizes acid by metabolizing a certain compound. A12 also kills, and if not completely killing, often hinders harmful bacteria called Streptococcus mutans. Streptococcus mutans is the main cause of tooth decay.

S. mutans metabolizes sugar into lactic acid, which makes the pH in your mouth acidic. When A12 and S. mutants were grown together, the S. mutans were not able to produce dental plaque.

Staying on the Cutting Edge of Technology

At Hutto Hippo Family Dental, Dr. Baker continually stays in touch with the latest research and developments in dentistry so he can provide patients with the best dental care. Let us help you keep your teeth and gums healthy.