When we are treating gingivitis and periodontal disease (gum disease), bad breath or other symptoms of oral infection, it’s vital that we know which bacteria are causing the problem so that the correct infection treatment is used.
The mouth is home to several hundred types of bacteria and yeasts, most of them harmless. Some of the bacteria are, however, pathogenic and harmful to the tissues: they create an inflammatory response in the body and can cause damage to the body’s organs.
Oravital Biofilm diagnostic service
We use the Oravital Biofilm Diagnostics™ service. Swab samples allow analysis of your salivary, subgingival and tongue samples, giving us a picture of the whole mouth.
The BiofilmDNA™ test identifies the following bacteria:
- The Red Complex that consists of some of the most harmful opportunistic pathogens –Treponema denticola, Porphyromonas gingivalis and Tannerella forsythia.
- Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans – aggressive bacteria that have been implicated in destructive periodontitis.
- Two bacteria from the Orange Complex: Peptostreptococcus micros and Fusobacteria nucleatum, key components of pathogenic biofilm.
- Streptococus mutans – species of bacteria that are responsible for the initiation of carious lesions
- Candida albicans -this fungus is frequently detected along with heavy infection by S. mutans.
The BiofilmGS microbial analysis provides counts of various groups including spirochetes (the same kind of bacteria involved in Lyme disease and leprosy), yeasts and amoeba.
Once you receive your diagnostics report you will also have the option of treatment with the Oravital® System for oral infection control.
For more information please discuss Oravital testing with your dentist or hygenist.