Oravital helps to treat severe gingivitis and/or periodontal disease using antibiotic rinses. It is also used to treat gingivitis and periodontal disease following conventional treatment where further improvement in clinical response is needed. Oravital works like a probiotic to reduce “bad” bacteria and promote “healthy bacteria”.
Oravital is one of the most simple and successful options to treat gingivitis/periodontal disease.
The first step is to culture the bacteria in your mouth, specifically on your tongue, gums and teeth. Prior to this appointment, you will be asked not to eat, drink, rinse or brush your teeth for the 2 hours preceding the appointment. This allows for an accurate measurement.
The dentist or hygienist will simply rub your tongue and teeth and transfer the bacteria to a slide for analysis at our lab. Your gums will also be measured and assessed for bleeding points, or a previous assessment will be used if completed within the past 6 months.
The culture results will be sent back to us and you will return to start the antibiotic rinses which target the bacteria we need to treat. You will use 2 separate rinses, 2 or 3 times per day for two weeks each, and then return for a follow-up visit. At the follow up visit your gums will be re-measured and gauged for success.
From there, you will be asked to use a maintenance rinse and can continue with your hygiene maintenance appointments to preserve your success.