Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems in the United States. In fact, the ADA suggests that a bulk majority of adults will experience some form of gum disease in their lifetime, though many of these cases are mild.

For mild cases of gum disease, improving your oral hygiene routine may be all that’s required. This will include more frequent brushing, consistent flossing, and regular visits with Fairfax family dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban. New research suggests it may also include adding a probiotic to your diet.

In a recent double-blind, placebo-controlled study, Lactobacillus reuteri Prodenti –commonly known as L Reuteri– was shown to increase the efficacy of periodontal treatment by 53 percent. Researchers now believe that simply taking a probiotic supplement with L Reuteri can help prevent gum disease from occurring in the first place.

Of course, taking a supplement is not a good alternative to your regular oral hygiene routine. It can however act as the perfect complement. Dr. Marzban would be happy to discuss supplements and foods that can help keep your teeth and gums healthy during your next regularly scheduled cleaning and examination.

To learn more about maintaining optimal oral health, please contact Fairfax family dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban today. Dr. Marzban serves Fairfax and surrounding Virginia communities from our conveniently located Burke office.