Role of prebiotics and probiotics in oral health

Role of prebiotics and probiotics in oral health PurposeThis paper aims to focus on the utilisation of pre- and probiotics for oral care and the state of knowledge at this time.Design/methodology/approachPre- and probiotics describe beneficial carbohydrates and microbiota, respectively, for optimal gut health. Carbohydrates provide energy selectively for the gut-friendly bacteria. The use of both carbohydrates and bacteria is, however, being expanded into other areas of the body – including the skin, vagina and oral cavity – for health-related applications.FindingsThere is increased interest in both pre- and probiotics for oral care products. The importance of oral microflora and their selective substrates is discussed against a background of contemporary oral care approaches. The issues and benefits are discussed in this review.Originality/valueIt is clear that consumption of prebiotics and probiotics may play a role as potential prophylactic or therapeutic agents for reducing the presence of organisms in the mouth associated with tooth decay. To confirm a beneficial effect of pre- and probiotics further in vivo studies involving healthy human volunteers should be considered. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nutrition & Food Science Emerald Publishing

Role of prebiotics and probiotics in oral health

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0034-6659
DOI
10.1108/NFS-03-2017-0056
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PurposeThis paper aims to focus on the utilisation of pre- and probiotics for oral care and the state of knowledge at this time.Design/methodology/approachPre- and probiotics describe beneficial carbohydrates and microbiota, respectively, for optimal gut health. Carbohydrates provide energy selectively for the gut-friendly bacteria. The use of both carbohydrates and bacteria is, however, being expanded into other areas of the body – including the skin, vagina and oral cavity – for health-related applications.FindingsThere is increased interest in both pre- and probiotics for oral care products. The importance of oral microflora and their selective substrates is discussed against a background of contemporary oral care approaches. The issues and benefits are discussed in this review.Originality/valueIt is clear that consumption of prebiotics and probiotics may play a role as potential prophylactic or therapeutic agents for reducing the presence of organisms in the mouth associated with tooth decay. To confirm a beneficial effect of pre- and probiotics further in vivo studies involving healthy human volunteers should be considered.

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Nutrition & Food ScienceEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 12, 2018

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