Studies related to Saliva buffering capacity and Kefir

Effects Of Probiotics On Salivary Streptecoccus Mutans And Lactobacillus Levels In Orthodontic Patients

Effect None
Trial Design Randomized trial
Trial Length 1-6 months
Number of Subjects 45
Sex Both Genders
Age Range 7-12, 13-17
Notes for this study:
S. mutans and lactobacilli are the main culprits in tooth decay. In this study, 45 children with fixed orthodontics were randomized into control, kefir (100 mL 2x/day) and special probiotic toothpaste groups. After 6 weeks, both the kefir group and special probiotic toothpaste group had significantly lower average S. mutans salivary counts than at the beginning, and both were reduced significantly compared to control. Neither group had significantly reduced lactobacillus counts compared to control. The special toothpaste group also saw a statistically significant increase in saliva buffering capacity, but the kefir group didn't.

The kefir used in this study was provided by Ataturk Orman Ciftligi, Ankara, Turkey. It contained a mix of lactic acid bacteria (_L. lactis_ subspecies, _Leuconostoc_ species, _Lactobacillus_ species, and _S. thermophilus_) and yeasts isolated from kefir grains.
Funding issues for this study:
"All authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Po- tential Conflicts of Interest, and none were reported. Funded by Selcuk University Scientific Research Projects Foundation (project number 15102011)."