It is a new product of Oralta that will be officially available this December on their website. It's a tablet that has a slight minty flavor that contains 5 probiotic bacterias designed to address the root cause of bad breath. Mints and gum only mask bad breath, not solve the problem of it.
Dr. Kishore Nannapaneni started as an engineer in India, then went to the University of Iowa for his PhD. He earned his degrees in computer science, but had always wanted to do biology. Later on, he read a book where biology studies needed computer programmers to understand genome projects, which inspired him to take the biology route.
For Dr. Patrick Schwientek, he was born and earned his degrees in Germany. After he finished his Ph.D., he went to California, and later became a colleague of Dr. Nannapanemi. It’s started with adding healthy bacteria to plant eco-soil ecosystems. Now, it’s seeing how it can be applied to humans.
There is not one specific target state with having a number of microbes to indicate a healthy microbiome. There are infinite numbers of states that could exist. It’s easy to see what disease states usually have in common, which there are over a number of detrimental bacterias.
Dr. Schwientek was frustrated with having cavities even though he carried out proper oral health routines. He thought that since he does this as a living to figure out what are the healthy microbes for plants, he questioned why scientists weren’t doing this for the oral microbiome. At first, it was due to self-interest to improve his own situation. Then, the idea grew much bigger.
About 95% of Americans suffer from some sort of oral condition. Some top oral conditions are tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. For each three diseases, there is a different microbiome that causes these conditions.
We are removing what’s on the surfaces of our teeth and tongue. We make space for other bacteria, and are not letting some of the bacteria outgrow one another to become pathogenic. When using a probiotic, they are quicker in ensuring that the bad bacterias are not inhabiting the oral space.
Every microbiome is unique like a fingerprint. The difference is that a fingerprint stays with you throughout your lifetime. The microbiome is constantly evolving and changing depending what you put in your mouth, whether you sleep with your mouth open, and many other lifestyle choices.
The probiotics are specifically designed to target the known strains that cause bad breath. Regardless of your conditions, there’s a high probability that the probiotics will prevail against your bacterial conditions.
There are various reasons for bad breath to distinguish from eating food that causes it. For each condition, there is a core microbiome that differentiates bacteria for certain disease conditions. For the rest, that is just the microbiome that causes the conditions in which the doctors are targeting.
They are chewable tablets that should be taken twice a day, morning and evening. You must avoid eating and drinking for 30 minutes to let the tablet dissolve for 2-4 minutes, depending on the amount of saliva you have. It takes 2 weeks to see effective results.
Oralta will offer customers an opportunity to send a saliva sample to their lab. Doctors will be able to use the samples to design new therapeutics and redefine current probiotics. They also want to learn about the people who send their samples because they reveal customers' habits that lead to the states of their microbiomes to correlate with health status and habits.
Ideally, they recommend to take the tablet after their oral hygiene routine to let it dissolve. Then, you should sleep right away to let the good bacteria rehydrate in a dominate state. They will go through modes of action to fight the bad bacteria, which takes time.
The most ideal time is to take it before you go to bed because it gives the good bacterias 6-8 hours to grow and colonize the mouth. You actually wake up in the morning feeling clean due to the good bacterias.