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Bad Breath? How Probiotics Can Help

If you're staying on top of the world of health products, you already know about probiotics. Different from antibiotics, probiotics are a natural way to help your body defend against outside predators. May sound a bit militaristic, but actually probiotics are about trumping bad bacteria with the good. If you've missed the probiotic boat, fear not! You can start now and never be behind. Here are some noteworthy mentions of probiotics to get you up to speed.

There are many ways to freshen one's breath, from odor-neutralizing tablets to oral rinses. One of the most cutting-edge methods of stopping halitosis is oral care probiotics, according to one article. First, some basics: A lot of mouth odor comes from way further down the gastrointestinal (GI) track, and is caused by how the bacteria that inhabit your GI track metabolize the food you send down there. So changing your bacteria can often change the odors from your mouth.

Oral care probiotics is a system of bacterial replacement that may be quite effective in stopping oral odor. A study published in the journal Current Opinion in Gastroenterology echoes this idea. This study was conducted as a review of the advances probiotics have made in the previous year. Results proclaim that this was a great year for probiotics because of products such as oral care probiotics that can be used to treat numerous conditions, halitosis being one of them. Probiotics can help replace the odor-causing oral bacteria with other harmless ones.

Basically, oral probiotics contain "good" bacteria that replace or eliminate "bad" bacteria in the body. Recently, there has been an oral care probiotic that will actually benefit the oral cavity itself. How did probiotics come to be?

According to the journal Communicating Current Research and Educational Topics and Trends in Applied Microbiology, Nobelist and Ukrainian scientist Elie Metchnikoff first discovered probiotics in 1907. Metchnikoff posited that flora growing in the stomach and intestine could be changed by replacing them with new bacteria. He also hypothesized that bacteria within the gut caused aging. He coined the term "gerontology," meaning the study of longevity. This idea has been disproven, but his other probiotic theory has caught wind. It is possible that ingesting milk or yogurt might change the bacteria composition in the gastrointestinal tract.
 
 

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