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Probiotics: An End to Caries?

Subija K Narayanankutty, Amal S Babu, VG Sam Joseph, SG Anupama

Keywords : Bifidobacterium, Dental caries, Lactobacillus, Probiotics

Citation Information : Narayanankutty SK, Babu AS, Joseph VS, Anupama S. Probiotics: An End to Caries?. Cons Dent Endod J 2016; 1 (1):6-8.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10048-0002

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-01-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016 Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Probiotics have been recently introduced in dentistry and is one of the newer approaches in caries management. They have been used successfully for several years mainly for gastrointestinal disorders. Most probiotic strains belong to Lactobacilli or bifidobacteria group. Mechanism of action of probiotics is mainly unknown but may include intermicrobial species interactions and immunostimulatory effects. Randomized controlled trials have shown the inhibitory effect of probiotics against caries. Even though direct recommendations for the use of probiotics cannot yet be given, scientific evidence so far indicates that probiotic therapy may be a reality in dentistry in the future.


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