Probiotic Bacteria are Being Studied for Root Canals

Is it possible that probiotics can make a root canal more effective? It’s a question that is not fully answered yet, but some scientists have felt it was worth asking. A 2017 study published in the Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry looked at this very scenario to see if using probiotic products containing the right mix of healthy bacteria might help improve or maybe even prevent the basic root canal. What is a Root Canal? A root canal is an endodontic procedure designed to repair and save a decaying tooth. The objective of most root canals…. [Read More…]

How Mom’s Pass Bacteria to Their Babies

The world we live in literally thrives thanks to bacteria. Human beings must have carbon, nitrogen, the ability to fight off disease and digestion to survive – all things that rely on microorganisms. Besides recycling organic matter to create carbon and nitrogen, bacteria on the skin work as an army to keep out dangerous pathogens and, internally, they break food down into the nutritional units used to sustain major systems. What about babies, though? At what point do bacteria become a life-saving force for their little bodies? Does that happen at birth or are microbes essential for development, too? Ten…. [Read More…]

How Do I Know If My Probiotics Are Working

Do you take a probiotic to improve your health but sometimes wonder if your supplements are working, or if the friendly bacteria are just passing straight through your digestive tract? Probiotics improve health in a variety of ways and many consumers notice the improvements gained by probiotic supplements right away, but others worry that their supplements may not be working, and they have no idea if they are literally flushing their money away. If you take a probiotic supplement and wonder if it is working, or if a stool analysis shows low bacteria counts, you may have questions. Two Frequently…. [Read More…]

New Research Connects Gut Microbiota & Gluten Sensitivities

Celiac disease and other gluten sensitivities can mean a lifetime of avoiding wheat and gluten. Exposure to even the smallest amount of gluten can trigger a damaging and sometimes painful gastrointestinal reaction in people who are sensitive to the stuff. Avoiding gluten altogether can be very difficult, and the quest to avoid it can disrupt the lives of those suffering from the sensitivity. The inevitable dietary changes that come can also disrupt the lives of family members.  About Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms of gluten sensitivities include abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating and fatigue after eating wheat. Researchers are still working to understand…. [Read More…]