Importance of Oral Health: It Affects More Than Just Your Mouth

Importance of Oral Health: It Affects More Than Just Your Mouth

Jan 26, 2018


Are you prone to get throat infection, such as sore throat or tonsillitis? You may consider starting on oral probiotic to protect your oropharynx, which is the middle part of the throat (including the back of the tongue, upper throat and tonsils).

The common symptoms seen in throat infection are inflammation and swelling of the infected parts. Researchers found that taking probiotic Streptococcus salivarius K12 able to reduce these incidence around 84% for adults and 90% for children4 by providing a protective barrier against pathogen colonization, and account for anti-inflammation activity2.


Otitis media, commonly known as middle ear infection prone to happen especially among children. It may be due to direct bacterial infection, or because of throat or oral infection whereby the bacteria travel and colonize in the middle ear. By taking probiotic Streptococcus salivariusK12 daily has shown to reduce recurrence infection among young children by about 40%4.

What is Streptococcus salivarius K12?

Streptococcus salivarius K12 is a type of good bacteria naturally present in human’s oral cavity and upper respiratory tract. It is not found in any food source and can only be obtained through supplementation. Numerous clinical studies have reported this probiotic plays important role in control bacterial infection around oral cavity, throat and ear, and is suitable for children and adult to consume.

Find out more about probiotic supplement containing clinically tested Streptococcus salivarius K12 strain. 

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  4. Evans JL. 2016. Think outside the gut: Probiotics for oral health. Agro Food Industry Hi Tech 27(3): 48-53.
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