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Beneficial Helpful Bacteria       

Beneficial Helpful Bacteria or Healthy Bacteria or Friendly Bacteria or Probiotic Bacteria or Probiotic or Probiotics or Oral probiotics or Dental probiotics are live microorganisms thought to be beneficial, helpful, and friendly to the host organism.

According to the currently adopted definition by FAO/WHO probiotics are: "Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host".

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Probiotic Bacteria can line the the teeth and the mucous membranes of the gum and the mouth (Oral probiotics), preventing or reducing tooth infection, abscess in gum and mouth abscess produced by harmful  bacteria, viruses and fungi.
The term "probiotics" appears to be a composite of the Latin preposition pro ("for") and the Greek adjective biotic, the latter deriving from the noun bios, "life").

It was first introduced in 1953 by Werner Kollath. Contrasting antibiotics, probiotics were defined as microbial derived factors that stimulate the growth of other microorganisms.

In 1989 Roy Fuller suggested a definition of probiotics which has been widely used: "A live microbial feed supplement which beneficially affects the host animal by improving its intestinal microbial balance".

Fuller's definition emphasizes the requirement of viability for probiotics and introduces the aspect of a beneficial effect on the host.

Lactobacillus Acidophilus or Lactic Acid Bacteria Probiotics

L. acidophilus was first discovered in the late 1800s by a gastroenterologist Ismar Isidor Boas.

This Beneficial Helpful Bacteria received its name from the Latin lacto, which means milk; bacillus, which means rod shaped; and acidophilus, which means acid loving.

Lactobacillus acidophilus are by far the familiar probiotic, or "friendly" bacteria, to most of us, and are also the most-studied to date.

They are generally found in the human stomach, mouth, vagina and intestinal tract. 

The most important benefit of L. acidophilus is their ability to inhibit the growth of pathogenic microorganisms, not only in the gut, but also throughout the body. 

L. acidophilus significantly control and rid the body of Candida albicans overgrowth.

They also inhibit Escherichia coli, which can be fatal in large enough populations. They can also inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori - implicated in stomach and small intestine ulcers.

If you look for brands that contain added bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, you may notice that cultured cottage cheese tastes tarter than cottage cheese made with acid or digested enzymes.

That's because the bacteria have consumed some of the milk's natural sugar.


Oral Probiotics or Dental Probiotics

Oral probiotics could be used to prevent dental infection from entering the mouth's internal tissues.
Oral Probiotic Bacteria can also provide viable preventive measures for tooth decay, gum disease and those other infections that can result from microorganism invasions.
Oral Beneficial Helpful Bacteria supplementation  (lozenges, chewing gum, chewable tablets, capsules, probiotic foods) diminishes the amount of pathogenic bacteria while also reduces the risk of periodontal disease and dental caries.
Oral probiotics colonies can stimulate our immune system in its healing and detoxification process.

Dental Probiotic ProBiora3

Based on research begun more than 30 years ago by Dentist Jeffrey D. Hillman, ProBiora3 represents a new function of probiotics that support overall oral health.
ProBiora3® is a patented blend of three of beneficial bacteria naturally present in healthy mouths, including Streptococcus oralis KJ3™, Streptococcus uberis KJ2™, and Streptococcus rattus JH145™. This blend of probiotics supports fresher breath, whiter teeth and sustains gum and tooth health.

Oral Probiotic Formula with BLIS K12

This is a Beneficial Helpful Bacteria or Oral Probiotic that fights bacteria that cause sore throats, colds, flu and ear infections and bad breath.
BLIS K12 is an extremely safe yet powerful strain of a Healthy Bacteria called Streptococcus salivarius which normally occurs in the mouth and throat.
BLIS K12 can also trap and inactivate viruses coming in from the outside, by promoting interferon production in the body.

ILYA MECHNIKOV - Father of Probiotics or Beneficial Helpful Bacteria

The original observation of the positive role played by certain bacteria was first introduced by Russian scientist and Nobel laureate ILYA MECHNIKOV, who in the beginning of the 20th century suggested that it would be possible to modify the gut flora and to replace harmful microbes with useful microbes. 
Mechnikov produced the notion that the aging process results from the activity of putrefactive (proteolytic) microbes producing toxic substances in the large bowel.
According to Mechnikov these compounds were responsible for what he called "intestinal auto-intoxication", which caused the physical changes associated with old age.
Mechnikov had also observed that certain rural populations in Europe, for example in Bulgaria and the Russian steppes who lived largely on milk fermented by lactic-acid bacteria were exceptionally long lived.
Based on these facts, Mechnikov proposed that consumption of fermented milk would "seed" the intestine and decrease the intestinal pH and that this would suppress the growth of proteolytic bacteria. And that is why Mechnikov is known as the “Father of Probiotics.”
Mechnikov himself introduced in his diet sour milk fermented with the bacteria he called "Bulgarian Bacillus" and found his health benefited. Friends in Paris soon followed his example and physicians began prescribing the sour milk diet for their patients.

FRIENDLY BACTERIA or PROBIOTICS: from Paris to the United States

In 1920, Rettger demonstrated that Mechnikov's "Bulgarian Bacillus", later called Lactobacillus bulgaricus, could not live in the human intestine, and the fermented food phenomena diminished slowly. Mechnikov's theory was disputable (at this stage). People also doubted his theory of longevity.
After Mechnikov's death in 1916, the center of research activity moved from Paris to the United States.
It was reasoned that bacteria originating from the gut were more likely to produce the desired effect in the gut, and in 1935 certain strains of  Lactobacillus acidophilus were found to be very active when implanted in the human digestive tract.

Trials were carried out using this organism, and encouraging results were obtained especially in the relief of chronic constipation.


The LACTOBACILLI: 10 Royal Probiotics or 10 Friendly Bacteria

All Lactobacilli lower the pH of their environment and effectively inhibits pathogen growth.

1. Lactobacillus acidophilus - guards the health of your entire digestive tract.

2. Lactobacillus salivarius - promotes your intestinal health and helps support your oral health as well.

3. Lactobacillus reuteri - significantly modulate the immune response of the gastrointestinal mucosal membranes.

4. Lactobacillus casei - works with other helpful organisms, and helps to encourage the growth of other "good" bacteria.

5. Lactobacillus rhamnosus - assists your elimination and occasional intestinal discomfort by working to stabilize your intestinal micro flora.

6. Lactobacillus plantarum - helps to ensure that the nutrients in vitamins and supplements are getting to your cells.

7. Lactobacillus bulgaricus - are transients that assist bifidobacteria colony growth; stimulate the immune system and have antitumor effects; named to Ilya Mechnikov after the Bulgarians who used L. bulgaricus to make the fermented milks that appeared to be related to their extreme longevity.

8. Lactobacillus sporogenes: helps enhance your intestinal health and provides back-up for sporadic intestinal discomfort.

9. Lactobacillus helveticus is a probiotic species made popular in Switzerland and used in cheese making. L. helveticus will inhabit the oral cavity temporarily as these cheeses eaten; increase serum level of calcium and general health perception.

10. Lactobacillus brevis can be found in fermented foods such as sauerkraut and pickles. It is also one of the most common causes of beer spoilage. Ingestion has been shown to improve immune function.


QUEEN PROBIOTIC: Bifidobacterium

Bifidobacteria, called probiotics, are a natural part of the bacterial flora in the human body and have a symbiotic bacteria-host relationship with humans.
Before the 1960s, Bifidobacterium species were collectively referred to as "Lactobacillus bifidus".
These bacteria inhibit the growth of Candida albicans, E. coli, and other bacteria that have more pathogenic qualities than Bifidobacteria.
Bifidobacterium is a Gram-positive, anaerobic, branched rod-shaped bacterium. In the intestines, they ferment sugars to produce lactic acid.
In infants who are breast-fed, Bifidobacteria constitute about 90% of their intestinal bacteria; however, this number is lower in bottle-fed infants.
The lower number of Bifidobacteria in formula-fed babies might account for a higher risk of diarrhea and allergies that is usually associated with babies who aren't breast-fed.
In addition, because Bifidobacteria produces lactic acid instead of gas (like E. coli), infants and people in general with more Bifidobacteria than other bacteria will have less gas and digestive problems.

The BIFIDOBACTERIA: 7 Queen Probiotics

Bifidobacteria are considered as important probiotics or Beneficial Helpful Bacteria and used in the food industry to relieve and treat many intestinal disorders.
1. Bifidobacterium animalis - a friendly bacteria often found in raw yogurt known to help support healthy immune responses.  Bifidobacterium lactis and Bifidobacterium animalis are much more closely related than originally thought and they have now been put into the same category.
2. Bifidobacterium bifidum - helps promote a healthy balance of flora in your intestine. This organism provides excellent support for a healthy balance of microflora.
3. Bifidobacterium breve - unique in its ability to compete with other bacteria, due to the large variety of molecules it can digest.
4. Bifidobacterium infantis - has been proven to dramatically reduce irritable bowel sydrome (IBS) in patients and if given alone can almost normalize the patient.
5. Bifidobacterium lactis - a friendly bacteria often found in raw yogurt known to help support healthy immune responses. Bifidobacterium lactis and Bifidobacterium animalis are much more closely related than originally thought and they have now been put into the same category.
6. Bifidobacterium longum - helps keep your digestive system running smoothly, and helps support your immune system.
7. Bifidus Regularis - the Danone company's trademarked name for a subspecies of the non-harmful bacteria Bifidobacterium animalis. (Danone is known as Dannon in the United States).

Healthy Bacteria and Prevention

Prevention plays a major role in maintaining good dental health. Daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental checkups can prevent tooth decay and dental abscess.

  • Remember to brush and floss after every meal and at bedtime.
  • If tooth decay is discovered early and treated promptly, cavities that could develop into abscesses can usually be corrected.
  • Avoidance of cigarette smoking and excess alcohol consumption can help too.

Beneficial Helpful Bacteria Outlook

Probiotics represent the next wave of health and healing. Whether you are concerned about your teeth, skin, digestion, or immune system, the probiotics may contribute to the prevention and treatment of many common health problems, including teeth, gum and mouth diseases.
By protecting our Friendly Bacteria colonies with a healthy diet, supplementation and reduction of toxic chemicals, we can maintain a balance of living organisms within our body.
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Aleksandr V. Melekhin, DDS


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