A great smile goes a long way but maintaining a healthy smile over a lifetime is a lot of work. Regular brushing, flossing, and eating healthy food is a great start but does not always lead to healthy teeth and gums.
The mouth is a constant battleground - on a daily basis, billions of invading bad bacteria attempt to displace the natural and beneficial bacteria of the mouth, teeth, and gums. Even on properly brushed teeth the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease will find a place to hide. This causes a change or imbalance of the normal bacteria in our mouths and can affect the health of our teeth and gums.
Plaque is sticky, colourless film containing bacteria that builds up naturally on tooth surfaces and especially along the gum line within four to 12 hours after brushing. Sugars in food and drinks can combine with plaque bacteria to release acids. These acids attack tooth enamel and break it down, which can then create cavities. Plaque bacteria can also contribute to gum disease, like gingivitis.
Unfortunately for some people, no matter how often they brush and floss, they get a fast build-up of plaque and therefore are at risk of teeth and gum issues because bad bacteria thrive in plaque.
While eating less sugary food and visiting the dentist regularly is helpful, addressing the bacterial balance of your mouth is a great step to add to dental hygiene for healthy teeth and gums.
How dental probiotics crowd out bad bugs
Like the gut, the mouth has its own diverse bacterial community that makes up the oral microbiome. There are about 600,000 species of bacteria that just live in the oral cavity, so it makes sense that there are specific probiotic strains (that is good bacteria) that are targeted to support the health of the mouth. Dental probiotics function like gut probiotics in that they crowd out bad bacteria to support the health of the oral microbiome.
Blis Technologies has been researching the Oral Microbiome for over 20 years and discovered BLIS M18™, a specific strain of bacteria called Streptococcus salivarius M18 that helps to support dental health. BLIS M18™ works in 2 ways, it crowds out the bad bacteria and BLIS M18™ also discourages bad bacteria, providing protection against them coming back.
ToothGuard and ToothGuard Junior lozenges with BLIS M18™ have been scientifically developed to support the health of teeth and gums when used in conjunction with regular brushing. Taken daily these lozenges help maintain a healthy population of good bacteria in the mouth, crowding out the bad bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Taking BLIS M18™ is a proactive way to take control of your dental health. By adding ToothGuard with BLIS M18™ to your daily dental hygiene regime, you can reduce the chance of bad bugs getting a foothold in your mouth, leaving you with a smile you can be proud of!
Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Blis Technologies Ltd, Dunedin
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