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Baba Farid University Dental Journal
Year : 2019, Volume : 9, Issue : 1
First page : ( 10) Last page : ( 17)
Print ISSN : 0976-8181. Online ISSN : 2230-7273.

Effect of Chewable Probiotic Tablets on the growth and colonization of cariogenic bacteria in children with mixed dentition

Gautam Ashesh1,*, Pani Pooja2, Singh Madhavi3, Goutam Manish4, Bera Swaupnanda5

1Senior Lecturer, Department of Pedodontics, Awadh Dental College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

2Post Graduate Student, Department of Pedodontics, Awadh Dental College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

3Department of Periodontics, Awad Dental College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

4Tutor, Dental Institute, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Jharkhand

5Professor, Department of Conservative and Endodontics, Awadh Dental College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

*Corresponding Author: Dr. Ashesh Gautam, Senior Lecturer, Department of Pedodontics, Awadh Dental College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

Online published on 22 August, 2019.

Abstract

Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is a global problem affecting children, their families and dental therapists as restorative treatments are unsuccessful due to the recurrence of caries. In addition, due to lack of cooperation among children, it is very difficult to manage compliance.

Aim

To study the effect of Chewable Probiotic Tablets on the growth and colonization of cariogenic bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) in children with mixed dentition.

Material and Methods

The children were given chewable probiotic tablets and were asked to chew one tablet per day. At the end of a month, saliva was collected and streptococcus mutans count was seen.

Results

There was a significant decrease in count of streptococcus mutans from baseline to 1st month, 3 months and 6 months.

Discussion

Probiotics prove to be an important way to prevent dental caries.

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Keywords

Early Childhood Caries, Probiotics, Preventive measures.

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