Probiotics are live bacteria that naturally occur in the human digestive system as well in certain fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and pickles. These healthy organisms serve an extremely important role in our digestion and health, particularly our immune systems. I’ve been a fan of probiotics for many years, mostly through natural sources like yogurt but also taking supplements now and then when I felt I needed a boost.
What I haven’t ever tried however is chewable probiotics, or those designed specifically for dental health, so when offered a bottle at a steep discount to try for review from Great Oral Health I hopped at the opportunity.
Advanced Oral Probiotics is a chewable probiotic supplement designed to improve oral and dental health specifically. From the website:
“This formulation has SEVEN powerful probiotic strains, including the patented BLIS K12 and M18. It also includes a blend of zinc and calcium to assist in the remineralization of tooth enamel.”
Acidophilus is the one I always look for, and it’s in there. Also I have read lots of probiotic labels over the years and the 3 billion to 1 billion count seems pretty average. The calcium and zinc components are an interesting addition and part of what sets these apart as dental-health focused.
Benefits They say the benefits vary, and it’s kinda something you have to do your own research on, but some they suggest to look for include:
- Fresher breath (bad breath is caused by an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the mouth)
- Fewer colds and throat infections
- Reduced gum bleeding and gum infections
- Reduced plaque
- Possibly whiter teeth/reduced yellowing of teeth
Dosage: 1 capsule at bedtime, after brushing your teeth. And they recommend double-dosing for the first 30 days, so as a first-time purchase this 60 capsule bottle is a one month supply. After that, it’s two months.
My experience: There are two flavor options: Mint and Strawberry Vanilla. I tried Strawberry Vanilla and it is chalky. They actually mention the chalky texture on the product page, however, as “part of our formulation to boost adherence and effectiveness.”
Chalkiness aside, it does not taste bad. It’s a fairly bland, mildly sweet flavor without a noticeable aftertaste. It is weird taking it at night, after I brush my teeth, but imagining all those little organisms running around cleaning my teeth up all night is kinda fun.
I didn’t have any pressing problems that needed solving when I started taking this, but I have had a few cavities in the past and like the idea of my probiotics doing double-duty for both my dental health and overall physical health. Plus I always prefer chewables over swallow-the-pill options (gummies are big favorite lately!), so that scores it points as well.
Summary: I like it! It does strike me as being a little on the expensive side at $28.95/bottle (I like to go generic whenever possible) but if you have a true probiotics need I think it might be worth it, if only for the unique chewable and dental health angles (I haven’t seen that in generic). I say “might” be worth it because, as with all supplements, there are never guarantees and you never know if it works for you until you yourself try it.