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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-41

Implications of Probiotics on Oral Health: Past-to-Present


Department of Periodontics, Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Archana Muralidhar Menon
Department of Periodontics, Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2348-2915.180118

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Misuse of antibiotics has led to an exponential increase in cases related to antibiotic resistance. This alarming situation calls for antibiotic substitutes to restore sound health. The answer to this is "PROBIOTICS." Considered inimical to pathogens, probiotics help the commensal microflora residing in the host's body to combat diseases. It increases the number of good microorganisms to fight the bad ones. Traditionally considered beneficial against gastrointestinal problems, probiotics in recent times has showcased its ability to take down oral pathogens as well. The aim of this article is to review the literature till date to (1) understand the evolution of probiotics, (2) assess its impact on potential oral pathogens, and (3) analyze its significance in establishing good oral health.


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