Why recommend BioGaia ProDentis?
BioGaia ProDentis is a dietary supplement for the mouth and a complement to the proven and well documented mechanical cleaning with a toothbrush, dental floss and interdental brush. BioGaia ProDentis is a clinically proven, practical and safe supplement for patients with gum problems. BioGaia ProDentis contains the natural bacterium Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis and does not discolor teeth, does not affect the taste and does not irritate the mucosa in the oral cavity.
For patients with chronic periodontitis and recurrent gingivitis
BioGaia ProDentis is clinically tested in patients with chronic periodontitis in order to maintain the outcome of the professional cleaning, as well as patients with recurrent gingivitis. BioGaia ProDentis can be used by patients who are at high risk of gum problems: the elderly, diabetics, pregnant women, patients with osteoporosis, patients with braces, certain medications and smokers.
Ecological plaque hypothesis
It is known that both the host and bacteria contributes to development of gum problems. The presence of pathogenic bacteria, the lack of beneficial bacteria and the host’s susceptibility are key factors for periodontal disease. Traditional treatment often focuses on reducing pathogens with mechanical cleaning and hygiene instructions. This reduces the amount of pathogenic bacteria but only temporarily as they quickly recolonize the oral cavity. The ecological plaque hypothesis suggests that treatment instead should restore the balance of the disturbed oral flora by for example adding beneficial bacteria.
There are more than 20 published studies with Lactobacillus reuteri prodentis. Highlights:
- A systematic review showed that L. reuteri Prodentis was the only probiotic effective in patients with chronic periodontitis. According to the authors the results are similar to those of other adjuncts to treatment of periodontitis, such as systemic antibiotics. J Clin Periodontol. 2016.
- 47% less pockets in need for surgery in patients with chronic periodontitis with L. reuteri Prodentis as an adjunct to SRP compared to SRP only. J Clin Periodontol 2013; 40: 1025–1035. doi: 10.1111/jcpe.12155.
- L. reuteri-containing lozenges may be a useful adjuvant agent to slow recolonisation and improve clinical outcomes of chronic periodontitis. Effects of adjunctive treatment last for 180 days. Journal of Periodontology 2015; 0 0:0, 1-13.
- L. reuteri decreases bleeding in patients with gingivitis by 85% in 14 days. Acta Odontologica Scandinavica 2009 67:1 , 19-24
- Regular consumption of Lactobacillus reuteri-containing lozenges reduces pregnancy gingivitis: an RCT. J Clin Periodontol 2016; doi: 10.1111/jcpe.12606
- Daily intake of L. reuteri Prodentis may have some beneficial effect on oral malodour assessed by organoleptic scores. Acta Odontologica Scandinavica Vol. 70, Iss. 3, 2012.
- Daily use of L. reuteri Prodentis lozenges may reduce the prevalence of high oral Candida counts in frail elderly nursing home residents. JDR September 2015 vol. 94 no. 9 suppl 181S-186S.
- Oral Administration of Lactobacillus reuteri during the First Year of Life Reduces Caries Prevalence in the Primary Dentition at 9 Years of Age. Caries Res 2014;48:111-117.
- L. reuteri Prodentis decrease the mutans streptococci counts. This suggests that it could have a positive effect in the prevention of caries. Review Clinical Oral InvestigationsJuly 2014, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp 1539-1552.
Products for the clinic and the patient
BioGaia ProDentis is a line of products for use by dental professionals in the clinic and at home by the patient. The products are clinically proven, easy to use and safe to consume.
- BioGaia ProDentis drops: applied by dental personnel after SRP.
- BioGaia ProDentis lozenges and chewing gums: patients use for three months as an adjunct to daily oral care routine.
Work flow at the clinic
The work flow for treatment with BioGaia ProDentis drops and tablets is simple and consists of a few steps. After completion of SRP:
- Apply the drops in the periodontal pocket using a syringe with a non-invasive application tip. Ensure that the periodontal pocket is filled.
- Recommend the patient to complement regular oral care routine with BioGaia ProDentis tablets once daily for three months.
- If necessary, repeat the application of drops in the periodontal pocket as above and extend for additional three months.