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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-5

Probiotics in human health


Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Goa Dental College and Hospital, Bambolim, Goa, India

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Nigel R Figueiredo
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Goa Dental College and Hospital, Bambolim, Goa
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijofb.ijofb_1_18

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Probiotics are bacterial cultures or living microorganisms, which on ingestion in a certain quantity, promote, and enhance health benefits. Afew conventional foods containing probiotics include yogurt, fermented and unfermented milk, cheese, etc. Strains of genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are the most widely used probiotic bacteria. Conventionally, probiotics have been associated with the gastrointestinal tract; however, recently several investigators have suggested the use of probiotics for oral health. This article describes the mechanism of action and role of probiotics in general and oral health and discusses the potential benefits of probiotics in oral health.


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