What is OraPath?
OraPath improves patient care when paired with periodontal therapy, at an affordable cost.
Results are available to patients and providers within forty-eight hours after receipt of the sample.
OraPath is easy to use, with no required mouth rinse or cumbersome patient requirements.
The test is designed to provide accurate and sensitive results.
How does OraPath salivary diagnostics work, and how should it be utilized for patient care?
OraPath salivary testing isolates the five most common periodontal pathogens from a small sample of saliva.
Ideally, saliva samples should be collected at home by the patient, first thing in the morning before rinsing, brushing, flossing, eating, or drinking.
Patients should not have had any antibiotic treatment within the last six weeks.
Salivary diagnostics may be implemented as a baseline record for all existing and new dental patients or for patients planning to have general or oral surgical procedures completed.
No dental cleaning or dental hygiene therapies other than evaluation and assessment should be provided prior to testing as this could disrupt the oral microbiome and skew the data, rendering the test results inaccurate.
Simple Tests, Big Results
The OraPath 5Plex test is engineered to detect five high-risk pathogens linked to the onset of Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Periimplantitis, and systemic inflammation. A high count of these bacteria can lead to implant failure, tooth loss, or bone loss, and may result in severe health issues if left untreated.
Salivary testing by OraPath offers insights into the specific pathogens contributing to a patient’s disease. By interpreting these results and following a structured treatment protocol, including the use of antibiotics when necessary, you can achieve positive outcomes in restoring oral health.
The insights gained from these tests can also predict the success of oral surgical procedures like implant placements, grafting, and tooth extractions. By reducing the bacterial or viral load before surgery, the risk of post-operative complications is minimized. The OraPath report details the levels of five oral pathogens associated with periodontal disease. If any of these pathogens exceed a specific limit, a systemic antibiotic may be recommended.
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Properly Implementing Periodontal Assessment Protocol
When setting up a periodontal guideline for your clinic, it’s crucial for all practitioners to recognize that bleeding from minor triggers (such as probing or when patients report bleeding during regular brushing and flossing) signals an inflammatory reaction linked to active infection. This inflammation shifts the patient’s health condition from a healthy to a diseased state. Increased instances of bleeding suggest a worsening of the disease, requiring timely treatment from your clinical team.
Treatment for gingivitis is advised if the inflammation is confined to the tissue and there’s no evidence of bone changes. This treatment involves repetitive removal of biofilm using hand instruments, ultrasonic scalers, or polishing devices. Patients should have a follow-up appointment within six weeks to ensure they’re effectively removing plaque at home, and this should continue until the inflammation is fully resolved.
If there’s evidence of bone loss accompanying gingival tissue inflammation, the patient requires periodontal therapy. This treatment encompasses scaling and root planing, therapeutic rinses, the use of chemotherapeutic agents, and potentially laser treatments for gum restoration.
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