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pH SALIVA TESTING

Instructions For Microscopic Slide Analysis

As a part of our Biological Approach to dental treatment, we analyze the plaque that forms around teeth in order to see whether there is an infection and, if so, what is causing the infection.

To prepare for a Slide (cytological Smear – Preplaque collection test), please follow the instructions below:

Pre-Plaque Collection Instruction Sheet

In order to help determine whether there is an infection in your mouth, please read and follow these instructions:

  1. Do not brush your teeth for 24 hours before the day of your visit
  2. Do not floss or use water irrigation devices or rubber tips, perio aids or stimudents for 48 hours
  3. Do not rinse with anything except water during those 24 hours
  4. Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours
  5. No vitamin C for 24 hours prior to the test
  6. Please discuss any medication you are taking with the dentist. Any over the counter medications should be limited for 24 hours unless prescribed by MD.
  7. Do not eat excessively spicy, salty, or citric foods the day of the test

Directions for use of the pH Test

Day One:

1. Upon rising, test the pH of your urine and then record the pH value in the appropriate blank for URINE on the chart.

2. Next, test your saliva. Do not eat, drink, or brush your teeth before the test. Rinse your mouth out with water. Test 3 minutes after rinsing your mouth. Record the results in the appropriate blank for SALIVA on the chart.

3. Test the pH of your urine again the next time you go to the bathroom. Record the pH value in the appropriate blank for URINE on the chart.

4. Test your saliva again one hour after eating breakfast – even if it’s just a small meal or snack that you eat. Record the results in the appropriate blank for SALIVA on the chart.

5. After lunch, you will test your urine again. You must wait at least 30 minutes to test. If you must go to the bathroom within 30 minutes of eating, simply skip testing and wait to test your urine the next time you go to the bathroom. Record the pH value in the appropriate blank for URINE on the chart.

6. Finally, test your saliva one last time, one hour after lunch. Record the results in the appropriate blank for SALIVA on the chart.

Day Two and Three:

Simply repeat Day One

Now you can start adding up the values.

Starting with the column titled “1st Urine Upon Rising”, add the number from Day 1 to Day 2 and enter the totals. Then, multiply that number by 15 and enter that number in the
box below (pointed with an arrow).

Next, in the column titled “2nd Urine In The Morning”, add the number from Day 1 to Day 2 and enter the totals. Then, multiply the number by 12 and enter that number in the box below (pointed with an arrow).

Continue this procedure with the rest of the columns. Make sure to multiply the total by the appropriate number indicated – this is VERY important! These multipliers are used to weigh the importance of each reading.

Once you have entered all of the values into these bottom BOXES, you can then add ALL OF THE NUMBERS together. Enter the sum into the BOX labeled GRAND TOTAL.

Finally, take the GRAND TOTAL and divide it by 80.

This is your pH Reading!

WE RECOMMEND KEEPING THE STRIPS IN THE BATHROOM (i.e. ON TOP OF THE TOILET TANK) FOR QUICK & EASY ACCESS.

*** If you get a urinary reading above 8.0, it is a false positive result.

In this case, your urine is so acidic that your kidneys are producing ammonia in order to buffer the acids. Count this as a reading of 4.5