Clinical study published
Oral health probiotic reduces pregnancy gingivitis
Ulrich Schlagenhauf, Professor at the Department of Periodontology, University Hospital Würzenburg in Germany.
Tell us about the background for the study.
Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Statistics show that between 35 percent and 100 percent of all pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis. L. reuteri has shown good results in a large number of clinical studies and on several different indications, but had not yet been tested on this patient group.
What did the results show?
Both inflammation and plaque were significantly reduced in the pregnant women who were supplemented with L. reuteri and the study thus shows that lozenges containing L. reuteri can be an effective complement in controlling pregnancy gingivitis.
What conclusions can you draw from the study?
Brushing, flossing and seeing a dentist during pregnancy are important for oral health and may decrease the risk of adverse pregnancy complications. Our study shows that lozenges with L. reuteri may be an additional valuable tool in the control of pregnancy gingivitis.