We can all agree taking care of our teeth and gums is important. After all, we only get one set of permanent choppers and we need to keep them healthy. The question is, what’s the best way to care for them? The prevailing theory for most of the last century was that gum disease and cavities were caused by bacteria, and we needed to banish the bacteria to prevent oral disease.
A surprising number of common practices and over-the-counter products aren’t actually backed up by evidence. Talk to your dentist, do your own research, and pay attention to your own experience to determine the best methods for caring for your teeth and gums.
What does the new paradigm mean for oral care? The science is still in its infancy. But, as it develops, you may want to adjust your approach to oral health to promote a healthy state of balance in the mouth rather than banishing bacteria. Keep reading to learn how:
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Fermented products, such as kefir and miso, have been used therapeutically for 10,000 years or more. In the early 1900s, Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff theorized friendly bacteria in yogurt enhanced physical and mental health and prevented aging.
As scientists have further uncovered the role of the human microbiome in health, and the development of various diseases in the past few decades, probiotics have become a hot health trend once again. Not all probiotics are created equally. There are many different strains of beneficial bacteria and yeasts, and they’re not universally effective for all conditions. Find out which popular claims about probiotics are supported by evidence, and discover how to find the best probiotic supplement for your needs.
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They say that a dog is a man’s best friend and for a good reason. Dogs keep us company, help us feel protected and make sure we always fell loved. But, did you know that their affectionate kisses may be actually improving our health one lick at a time?
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