Oral Probiotics: Fighting Tooth Decay, Periodontal Disease and Airway Infections Using Nature's Friendly Bacteria

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Dental caries and gum disease are two of the most widespread forms of infection known to humans, and gum disease has now been linked with cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. Yet these infections persist even with consistent use of antibacterial mouthwashes and toothpastes, and rigorous flossing. Here the author exposes the mechanisms of infective oral bacteria and reveals an entirely new yet scientifically proven approach to combating these worthy opponents.

"Oral Probiotics" reveals a groundbreaking sustainable and healthy method for reducing infective oral bacteria populations along with tooth decay and gum disease, while at the same time helping protect us from new infections as we travel and work in environments teaming with infective microorganisms.

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Introduction

One: Microbes in Every Mouth

The Germ Theory

The Dawning of the Probiotic Era

The Anti-Microbial Mouth

How Do Bacteria Become Resistant?

Foodborne Illness

Microorganism Mania

How Many Bacteria Does it Take to Get Sick?

Two: The Oral Immune System

The Non-specific Immune System

Humoral Immune Response

Cell-Mediated Immune Response

The Probiotic Immune Response

Oral and Nasal Immunity

Stimulating the Oral Immune System

Digestive Immunity

Immune Colonization

Three: The Probiotic Gatekeepers

Probiotic Inoculation

Housing the Resident Strains

Territorial Behavior

Four: Oral Probiotics and Disease

Summary of Probiotic Mechanisms

Oral Cavity Probiotic Research

Periodontal Disease and Dental Caries

Bacterial Infections

Allergies

Intestinal Permeability

Ulcers

Vaginosis and Vaginitis

Candida Infections

Baby Colic

Ear Infections

Anorexia Nervosa

Keratoconjunctivitis

Viral Infections

Halitosis (Bad Breath)

Respiratory Infections

Rebuilding the Immune System

Five: Meet Your Oral Bacteria

Species and Strains

The Bad and Not So Bad Guys

Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans

Actinomyces sp.

Clostridium sp.

Corynebacterium sp.

Entamoeba gingivalis

Enterococcus faecalis (formerly Streptococcus faecalis)

Escherichia coli and other Enterobacteriaceae

Haemophilus sp.

Helicobacter pylori

Mycoplasmas

Neisseria meningitides

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Staphylococcus aureus

Staphylococcus epidermidis

Streptococcus mitis

Streptococcus pyrogenes

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Streptococcus mutans

Treponema Denticola

The Good Guys

Probiotic Streptococci

Streptococcus salivarius

Streptococcus thermophilus

The Lactobacilli   

Lactobacillus salivarius

Lactobacillus reuteri

Lactobacillus acidophilus

Lactobacillus helveticus

Lactobacillus casei

Lactobacillus rhamnosus

Lactobacillus plantarum

Lactobacillus bulgaricus

Lactobacillus brevis

Six: Oral Probiotic Supplements

Oral Probiotic Supplement Options

Dosage Considerations

Oral Flora Residents

Probiotic Nourishment: Prebiotics

The Probiotic-Friendly Diet

Probiotic Hydration

Probiotic Foods

Seven: Probiotic Oral Hygiene

Problems with Gum Disease

How to Reduce Our Risk of Periodontal Disease

The Healthy Oral Regimen

Probiotic Night Owls

In Conclusion

References and Bibliography

Index

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