Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Even though they've had a clean bill of dental health so far, I'm not convinced my kids are the best brushers and flossers. When they're in a hurry, they try to get away with swishing their toothbrush around their mouth a few times. Flossing? Ugh, what a drag -- but I know it's got to be done. If only there were a magic pill to get rid of all cavities forever! I was recently introduced to EvoraKids, a chewable probiotic for kids that helps limit decay-causing bacteria and maintain a balance of good bacteria in the mouth. You still have to brush and floss, but it's possible that EvoraKids is as close to a magic pill as they come!
Here's some information about EvoraKids:
Teaching toddlers to brush properly is essential to preventing future problems with their teeth. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits help children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Any assistance kids can get in maintaining a health mouth will help them in the future. Oragenics, Inc, a company specializing in innovative biotechnology for oral health, just launched the first ever probiotic oral care chewable for kids called EvoraKids. Designed for kids ages 3 to 10, EvoraKids is 100% natural and targets only the bad bacteria in the mouth. This establishes a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria.
For more details about the product, including FAQs, visit the Evora Kids website.
I love the idea of putting the "good germs" in your mouth to work in helping keep your teeth clean and healthy! Getting the kids to try it was a pretty easy sell: they know that yogurt has "good bacteria" that promotes digestive health, so they can see the benefits of having "good bacteria" kill the bad stuff. I really like the thought of them chewing EvoraKids and getting those bits into all the spaces between their teeth -- just the way candy does, only this time you want it getting between the teeth!
Even though it's billed as tasting like candy, it actually has quite a bitter aftertaste, so I'd recommend telling your kids to let the tablet dissolve a bit in their mouth, and crunch it relatively slowly. Also, since antibacterial mouthwashes are designed to kill all kinds of bacteria in the mouth, they are NOT recommended for use with EvoraKids -- using both cancels out the probiotic benefits of EvoraKids. They do recommend flouride mouthwashes, though.
So which approach should you take, antibacterial mouthwashes or probiotics? Which one works better? I can't say, and I'm not sure how to tell. I'll leave that to researchers, statisticians and spin doctors -- for now, at least, we're going to give EvoraKids a long-term shot. And here's a thought: if antibacterial mouthwashes kill all kinds of bacteria, they're also killing the good bacteria that help keep the bad bacteria out of your mouth!
The Bottom Line
EvoraKids probiotic oral care chews give you peace of mind that decay-causing bacteria are being eliminated in places where brushing and flossing can't reach.
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