ENT Health (ears, nose and throat) is your first line of defence. Everything you eat, drink or put in your mouth has the opportunity to introduce bad bacteria into the oral microbiome.
The mouth’s moist and warm environment makes it the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to take over, leading to upper respiratory and ENT (ear, nose and throat) illnesses such as tonsillitis, strep throat and ear infections.
The oral microbiome is distinct from other microbiome sites, like the gut and skin. It is incredibly complex, and the average adult’s mouth is home to 50-100 billion bacteria and more than 700 different species of bacteria.
The different microbiota coexist in dense communities known as biofilms. Some research suggests that biofilm bacteria are part of a group known to cause chronic disease.
Keeping the bacteria balanced in your mouth microbiome is extremely important, not just for ENT and oral health, but for overall health and wellbeing. Left unchecked, pathogenic bacteria can travel through the rest of your body through your saliva and cause dysbiosis in your gut, or even result in serious illnesses.
Probiotics are “good bacteria.” As live micro-organisms, they can help restore the natural balance within your microbiome. Taken daily, probiotics are a great way to maintain the good bacteria in your mouth, working as a preventative by not leaving any space for the bad bacteria to take hold.
BLIS K12™ is scientifically proven to not only crowd out and inhibit pathogenic bacteria, but actively attack it. The oral microbiome is its natural habitat, so it colonises and thrives in there, defending your mouth against threats to your health. Only 2% of the population naturally harbour the BLIS K12™ strain in their mouth, but the benefits can still be had through taking it daily as a supplement.