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Release Date: December 2, 2010
Review Date: July 27, 2016
Expiration Date: July 26, 2019
Good mental and physical health depends on strong interpersonal relationships, daily exercise, and a balanced, nutritious diet. Factors adversely affecting health include the increased use of antibiotics and other potent pharmaceutical agents, as well as the effects of professional (work-related) and personal stress. There has been a steady growth of interest in, and awareness of, the beneficial effects of certain microorganisms, typically those derived from fermented milk products, on the health and viability of the GI tract. It is now widely accepted that microorganisms such as L. bulgaricus and S. thermophilus support healthy indigenous intestinal flora and may be effective in alleviating a number of digestive and other problems.
One result of this increased awareness has been a greater interest in prebiotics and probiotics. A growing body of work has focused on the benefits of probiotics therapy for the oral cavity and there is mounting evidence that certain probiotic strains may be very beneficial to oral health. The basis of the therapeutic mode is that ingested probiotic bacterial species provide effector bacterial strains that replace pathogens and control bacterial disease. Probiotics for the oral cavity is an exciting area of dental care research and eventually may offer a novel and effective approach to treating or even preventing periodontal disease and denture stomatitis. This basic-level course familiarizes dental professionals with the role of intestinal flora in the human gut, the physiological effects of probiotics in the body, and the specific function of probiotics in the oral cavity.
AGD Subject Code: 150
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.
- Describe the role of intestinal flora in the body.
- Describe probiotics and their sources.
- Explain the physiology of probiotics in the body.
- Describe the role of probiotics in the oral cavity.
- Identify commercial probiotic formulations.
J. Anthony von Fraunhofer, MSc, PhD, FRSC, is professor emeritus, University of Maryland Dental School, Baltimore, Maryland, where he also served as director of biomaterials research in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has written more than 400 scientific papers and 16 books, and contributed chapters to 15 monographs on dental biomaterials and materials science. Dr. von Fraunhofer is the author of the well-regarded monographs Dental Materials at a Glance and Research Writing in Dentistry, published by Wiley-Blackwell. His special interests are the biomechanical properties of materials used in medicine and dentistry, and the degradation, wear, and corrosion of materials in the biosystem.
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