Probiotics Reduce Cavities?-Art of Cosmetic Dentistry Buckhead

A recent article published in Dimensions of Dental Hygiene suggests that the results of an initial study done by the University of Chile at Santiago have found probiotics to be beneficial in reducing cavity risk in children. Milk enhanced with Lactobacillus rhamnosus, a probiotic, and plain milk were provided to two different groups of school age children. The result of a ten month study on school age children showed that children drinking plain milk had a higher rate of new cavity formation at 24.3% versus children drinking the probiotic enhanced milk at 9.7%. While this one study is far from conclusive, it indicates the need for further research on the benefits of probiotics.