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Int J Food Microbiol. 2004 Sep 1;95(2):219-23.

Lactobacillus reuteri in bovine milk fermented decreases the oral carriage of mutans streptococci.

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Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami Hiroshima 734-8553, Japan.


The effect of Lactobacillus reuteri against one of the major cariogenic organism, Streptococcus mutans, was studied. Yogurt products containing L.reuteri showed a significant growth inhibitory effect against S. mutans, whilst yoghurts with lactobaccilli other than L. reuteri did not show such inhibition. Further, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial demonstrated that consuming yogurt with L. reuteri significantly reduced the oral carriage of mutans streptococci, compared with the placebo yogurt.

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