Effect of Chewable Probiotic Tablets on the growth and colonization of cariogenic bacteria in children with mixed dentition
*Corresponding Author: Dr. Ashesh Gautam, Senior Lecturer, Department of Pedodontics, Awadh Dental College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
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.
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.
There was a significant decrease in count of streptococcus mutans from baseline to 1st month, 3 months and 6 months.
Probiotics prove to be an important way to prevent dental caries.
Early Childhood Caries, Probiotics, Preventive measures.