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Originally Posted by cjr
The only thing you need to be sure to do is brush baby's teeth. Kefir leaves bacteria on the teeth and will cause decay.
|Because kefir is very potent, it is important to brush teeth after eating. Prolonged usage can wear away tooth enamel.|
|Çaglar E, Sandalli N, Twetman S, Selvi S, Ergeneli S, Kavaloglu S
Acta Odontol Scand 2005;accepted.
Effect of yoghurt with Bifidobacterium DN-173010 on salivary mutans streptococci and lactobacilli
Abstract. Probiotic bacteria are thought to reduce the risk of disease. Previous studies have suggested that lactobacilli-derived probiotics in dairy products may affect the oral ecology but the effect of bifidobacteria has not previously been reported. The aim of the present study was to examine whether or not a short-term consumption of yogurt containing bifidobacteria would affect the salivary levels of mutans streptococci and lactobacilli in young adults. A double blind, randomized crossover study was performed and 21 healthy subjects were followed over four periods. During period 2 and 4 (two weeks each), they ingested 200 g yogurt containing Bifidobacterium DN-173 010 once daily or a control yogurt without viable bacteria. Periods 1 and 3 were run-in and washout periods, respectively. Salivary mutans streptococci and lactobacilli were enumerated with chair-side kits. A statistically significant reduction (p<0.05) of salivary mutans streptococci was recorded after the probiotic yogurt consumption, which was in contrast to the controls. A similar trend was seen for lactobacilli but this decrease failed to reach statistical significance. In conclusion, probiotic bifidobacteria in yogurt may reduce the levels of selected caries-associated microorganisms in saliva.
Originally Posted by cjr
I do not have time to read study after study. It's just what I read and passed on. I have not been able to find any info on Dom's site regarding this issue. If someone else says it's better to not brush after drinking kefir, great. It's just what I read.
|Q. How much kefir can one drink?
A. As much as you feels comfortable with. Many individuals may have one cup of kefir in the morning and one at night before bed time. Some individuals enjoy a small glass of kefir before each meal. One word of caution: like yoghurt, kefir contains lactic acid bacteria which can erode the tooth enamel, so be sure to rinse your mouth with water after consuming kefir, or after consuming food which contains lactic or acetic acid.
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