How do I use OraStrip?
- Lift the dog’s upper lip
- Support the pad end of the test strip from the non-pad side with index finger
- Gently glide the pad along the entire maxillary facial (buccal and labial) gingival margin (upper gum line)
- This procedure draws a mixed gingival crevicular / salivary fluid into the pad and should take no more than 5-10 seconds
- Remove the test strip from the dog’s mouth
- Wait 10 seconds before comparing the color developed on the test strip pad to the colors on the comparator card
What does it mean if the color on the pad isn’t uniform?
The result is still valid. Use the most intense color on the pad for comparison to the chart. Non-uniform color can occur if the gingival tissues are very dry or if periodontal infection is localized or unevenly distributed throughout the mouth.
Does OraStrip stage Periodontal Disease?
No. OraStrip measures the extent of the active periodontal infection. The only way to stage periodontal disease is through radiographs.
What does it mean if a dog with a history of periodontal disease receives a score of 0? Is this test valid?
Yes, the result is valid. A low test strip score in a dog with a history of periodontal disease means the treatment plan is working and that there is no active infection at the time of the test.
When should I use OraStrip?
(1) In Dogs without Documented History of Periodontal Disease
- Use in conjunction with routine, healthy dog visual evaluations at least twice a year
- For patients with OraStrip values of 1 and higher, further examination to determine periodontal disease staging and appropriate treatment plan is warranted
(2) In Dogs with Documented History of Periodontal Disease
- Use every 3 to 6 months during follow-up evaluations, before oral exam, to determine severity of periodontal infection
- OraStrip value should be compared to previous results to determine effectiveness of treatment plan or client compliance on periodontal infection