Don’t give bacteria a chance: check bacteria in the mouth quickly and reliably
A vast number of bacteria can be found in the human mouth. The majority are harmless. However as well as cavity-causing bacteria there are also so-called “anaerobes”; bacteria and germs that do not require oxygen to survive. These can occupy the small roots of dead or endodontically-treated teeth, or periodontal pockets, and produce toxins that are very harmful for the body. At our dental practice we offer the latest OroTox test which can reliably assess which bacteria are present in your mouth.
What is an OroTox test?
The OroTox test is a simple, painless and quick test to detect toxic bacteria. This type of bacteria are often present in the dentinal tubules of dead and root-filled teeth and are inaccessible to antibiotics and disinfectant solutions. If left untreated, the bacteria present an ongoing risk as they continually produce toxins which enter the blood stream and spread through the entire body. The OroTox test is also recommended for periodontitis patients because anaerobes can also exist in periodontal pockets.
What are the benefits of the test?
– The test helps to determine whether an endodontically-treated tooth must be extracted or if it is possible to restore and crown it.
– It makes it possible to retain an endodontically-treated tooth without the risk of bacteria and toxins spreading throughout the body.
– The test can also confirm if treatment for periodontitis has successfully and lastingly removed bacteria from the periodontal pockets.
– It provides peace of mind for periodontitis patients or those with endodontically-treated teeth.
How does the test work?
To detect toxic bacteria (through sulphur or protein), a thin swab made from paper is placed in the periodontal pocket of the affected tooth for about one minute. The swab is then placed in a test tube containing indicator fluid. If bacteria are present, the swab changes colour accordingly. The higher the concentration of toxins, the more intense the colour.
To verify the test it is recommended to repeat the test on a healthy, normal, non-endodontically-treated tooth. This tooth should not have a crown or amalgam fillings.
For ideal results we recommend the following:
– Ideally professional deep cleaning should be conducted two weeks before the test
– The test cannot be carried out directly after treatment as this can affect the results
– The teeth must be brushed without toothpaste at least one hour before the test
– An antibacterial rinse or oral irrigator must not be used
– In periodontitis patients the treatment for gum inflammation should be as advanced as possible, teeth with bleeding gums cannot be tested
We recommend this test for all patients with endodontic or periodontic complaints. The aim is to retain healthy teeth and healthy oral flora. Dentists also recommend professional deep cleaning twice a year and good dental hygiene at home. Our dental team are happy to advise you if you have any questions or symptoms.