Probiotics are living microorganisms that confer a health benefit to the host. Recently oral probiotics have been introduced to prevent cavities. One of the main culprits in cavity formation is a strain of bacteria, Strep Mutans. Evidence has shown that oral probiotics help stimulate the immune response, modulate inflammation and compete with oral bacteria for nutrients and binding sites on the teeth. The probiotics are designed to be dissolved in the mouth to compete with the common oral microflora. Three studies from Europe have proven that oral probiotics are helpful in preventing cavities.
While there are many ways to minimize cavities, oral probiotics may be useful for those who seem to be very prone to dental cavities.