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PANDAS is an acronym for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections. This is a condition that affects a small group of children resulting in a sudden and abrupt onset of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) symptoms. In the late 1990's, investigators at the US National Institutes of Mental Health, during a study of childhood onset of OCD, observed that some of the children had an unusually sudden onset of symptoms that differed from the typical cases where symptoms began gradually. These children displayed symptoms such as obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviors and motor or vocal tics that appeared overnight and worsened rapidly within a day or two. Neuropsychiatric symptoms included irritability and aggressive behavior, anxiety attacks, extreme mood swings, temper tantrums, baby talk, handwriting changes as well as problems with school subjects such as math and reading. The investigators discovered that in this particular group of children, symptoms appeared after streptococcal infections. Read full article here.

OraVital Inc. is currently working to develop several antibiotic rinses that may help to control Streptococcus pyogenes and decrease the amount of systemic antibiotic intake. Since children respond to different antibiotics, this complicates the formulations. However, there has been some success, especially in the treatment of those children who are non-symptomatic carriers, thus decreasing exposure to S. pyogenes bacteria and reducing the number of episodes experienced by the PANDAS child.

Additional resources can be found at www.pandashelp.ca.


75% of children may already have harmful periodontal bacteria.

Parents make a significant contribution to the child's bacterial population. This transference is unavoidable, but being aware of this fact is essential.

Since we know that up to 75% of adults have some form of gum disease, and that parents naturally transfer their oral bacteria to their kids, it's not surprising that clinical studies have detected periodontal bacteria in a similar percentage of children. In a study of 150 children (ages 2 to 18), 86% were found to have harmful bacteria under the gumline.

Studies show that children whose parents have these bacteria are 10 times more likely to have them too. The risk increases for children whose parents have clinical evidence of periodontitis. Periodontal bacteria reside in periodontal pockets and in oral biofilm. These bacteria are spread from person to person through everyday family life.

What can I do to keep my kids healthy?

Treatment to control these bacteria is available at OraVital® Clinics. It is recommended that everyone in the family should be treated. Once treatment is completed, staying on a maintenance system is necessary to prevent the infection from returning.

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