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The Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotic Rich FoodsWhen thinking about bacteria, a good analogy is bugs in your garden. The bad ones eat your cherished plants and can carry diseases, but good bugs like bees and ladybugs exist as well. They help to undo the damage done by the bad bugs.

With bacteria it is much the same. The harmful bacteria spreads disease and discomfort—but the good type provides many benefits, especially in your digestive tract.

Your mouth is the important starting point for digestion. As you chew, saliva adds enzymes that begin to break down food into a form your body can use for fuel and maintenance. But if the bacteria of the oral environment are out of balance, you may be at an increased risk for cavities or gum disease.

For some of the people, adding probiotic rich foods or taking additional supplements may be benificial. One important study tested the effectiveness of the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri as a weapon against gum disease. After just two weeks, the patients using the probiotic supplement experienced a significant reduction in dental plaque.

Probiotic milk and other dairy products containing live, beneficial bacteria—yogurt, buttermilk, miso or kefir—are the most recognized foods providing good bacteria for the digestive system.

Probiotic supplements are available as tablets or capsules in most health and natural food stores, supermarkets and pharmacies. The suggested dosage is six billion colony-forming units (CFUs), the standard measurement for probiotics. It’s a good idea to switch-up your source of probiotics regularly, as depending too much on one product may cause other bacterial deficiencies.

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.

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