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Probiotics—A complete oral healthcare package

Sumita Mishra1, Shakti Rath2, Neeta Mohanty3   

  1. 1 Department of Orthodontics, Institute of Dental Sciences, Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (Deemed to be University), Kalinga Nagar, Bhubaneswar 751003, Odisha, India
    2 Central Research Laboratory, Institute of Dental Sciences, Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (Deemed to be University), Kalinga Nagar, Bhubaneswar 751003, Odisha, India
    3 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (Deemed to be University), Kalinga Nagar, Bhubaneswar 751003, Odisha, India

  • Received:2019-09-24 Accepted:2020-05-24 Online:2020-11-10 Published:2020-11-25
  • Contact: Sumita Mishra; E-mail address:

Probiotics are living bacterial cells that have significant therapeutic potential for treating human infectious diseases. There is a huge market for probiotics in the pharmaceutical sector. They have been frequently used to treat the gastrointestinal diseases and improve gut immunity. In this review, the strains currently in use for manufacturing oral probiotic formulations are discussed. The review further recommends the use of probiotics for the control of various oral health disorders, like dental caries, periodontitis, gingivitis, halitosis, burning mouth syndrome, and oral cancer. Finally, this review also explores the use of various commercial probiotic products in maintaining oral health, their market values, and government acts and regulations that are relevant to the production and marketing of probiotics. Probiotics have tremendous therapeutic potential and more in-depth research must be done on these beneficial bacteria to make them one of the leading drugs in treating oral disorders.

Key words: Lactobacillus, Microflora, Periodontal infections, Halitosis, Oral health, Probiotics, Oral hygiene

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