Effect of LGG yoghurt on Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus spp. salivary counts in children

Coll Antropol. 2012 Mar;36(1):129-32.


The aim of this study was to establish effect of 14 day consumption of commercially available yoghurt containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus ATCC53103 - LGG (Bioaktiv LGG, Dukat, Croatia) on Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus spp. salivary counts in children. Twenty five patients, 6-10 yr old participated in the study. At the inclusion in the study caries risk for every patient was evaluated. The saliva samples were tested with chair side kits for saliva buffer capacity (CRT buffer, Vivadent, Schaan, Liechtenstein), S. Mutans and Lactobacillus counts (CRT bacteria test, Vivadent, Schaan, Liechtenstein). Seven, 14 and 30d after yoghurt consumption saliva samples were tested again with CRT buffer and CRT bacteria tests. Obtained data were analyzed using chi2 and Kruskal-Wallis tests. Results showed significant increase in saliva buffer capacity 30d after yoghurt consumption. S. Mutans salivary counts were significantly decreased after 30d. Significant differences in Lactobacillus counts were not observed. It could be concluded that daily consumption of yoghurt containing LGG have an inhibitory effect on oral pathogenic bacteria and may be beneficial in caries prevention.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Dental Caries / microbiology
  • Dental Caries / prevention & control*
  • Dental Plaque / microbiology
  • Dental Plaque / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus / growth & development*
  • Male
  • Probiotics / administration & dosage*
  • Saliva / microbiology*
  • Streptococcus mutans / growth & development*
  • Yogurt / microbiology*