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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 491-496

Role of 'live microorganisms' (probiotics) in prevention of caries: Going on the natural way towards oral health


1 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Conservative and Endodontics, MP Dental College and Oral Research Institute, Vadodara, India
2 Professor, Dept. of Conservative and Endodontics, MP Dental College and Oral Research Institute, Vadodara, India
3 Professor, Dept. of Conservative and Endodontics, KM Shah Dental College, Vadodara, India

Correspondence Address:
Vineet Agrawal
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Conservative and Endodontics, MP Dental College and Oral Research Institute, Vadodara
India
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Science is providing us the tools to diagnose and treat an infection before it causes damage. For some decades now, bacteria known as probiotics have been added to various foods because of their beneficial effects for human health. Very encouraging studies have come up in recent past exploring probiotics in fields of caries, periodontal diseases and few other areas and the results tend to suggest beneficial effects of probiotics on oral health and on whole body in general. The application of probiotic strategies may, in near future, provide an end to many infections occurring in oral cavity. This article reviews the probiotic approaches, such as genetically modified Streptococcus mutans and targeted antimicrobials in the prevention of caries and discuss its future directions.


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