Why Get Tested for Oral Bacteria?

We recommend a microbial test to determine what your risk factors are and which bacteria are present so that we can treat your infection more specifically.

This is comparable to having a cholesterol test – It takes the guesswork out of your treatment.

Armed with the lab results of a microbial test, your dental professional can achieve improved treatment outcomes and better oral systemic health.

Knowing what is causing the infection is necessary to get predictable results. This is how your physician treats diagnoses and treats infections.

OraVital Microbial Analysis

Accurately diagnosing the problems with your breath or gums is essential for effectively treating them.

Proper diagnosis involves identifying the types and amounts of bacteria present in the mouth. This enables dental professionals to determine if you are at risk for or have an oral infection. It also provides information that’s helpful in determining the best treatment if you do have an infection.

The OraVital System offers two highly accurate, simple and affordable oral microbial analyses. The bacteria causing gum disease and breath odor don’t just live below the gums.  The OraVital System is the only protocol that can specifically analyze the whole mouth!

Without this information, one can miss important specific areas that need treatment. Furthermore, knowing which bacteria are present allows your dentist to chose among OraVital’s targeted antibiotic particulate rinses, which deliver high whole mouth saliva concentrations to kill the pathogenic bacteria throughout the oral cavity not just below the gums.

Here’s How It Works:

BiofilmDNA™ is a whole-mouth sampling technique that collects specimens under and above the gum, saliva, tongue and throat. It uses the most advanced qPCR technology to identify the exact species and number of bacteria in the sample. Targeted antibiotic rinses are prescribed based on the bacteria found and their proven ability to kill those specific pathogens.

BiofilmGS™ (Gram stain) is another test whereby a dental professional will swab your gums, tongue and throat to capture samples of biofilm (the community of bacteria that live in the mouth) and places them on separate sections of a glass microscope slide.

The slide is sent to the OraVital microbiology lab to be examined for the types and number of bacteria as well as yeast, parasites and white blood cells, which can indicate the presence of oral infections.

After viewing the samples, the OraVital lab’s trained microbiologists send a detailed report to your dental office. The report includes information about the types and concentration of microorganisms. The dental professional uses this report to select the most effective antibiotic rinse to restore the balance of healthy microorganisms in your mouth.