Why does Wally start with an at-home test kit?
Your mouth is rich with information for how to achieve your healthiest mouth. Your test kit provides a saliva test to measure the pH and buffering capacity of your saliva, and guides you to take a picture of your teeth and gums. This is critical to finding out if you have acidic salivary pH - which indicates if you have an acidic mouth microbiome. An acidic microbiome puts you at higher risk for cavities and tooth decay if you don't address it.
Your dedicated hygienist reviews your results to get to know you and your mouth's needs. With this complete picture of your mouth, your hygienist personalizes your box to really help you meet your goals and address things like dry mouth, sensitivity, and bad breath, for good.
If you're thinking, "my dentist hasn't tested my saliva," you're not alone. Most offices don't test saliva, not because it's not important, but because the dentist often doesn't have enough time to do the test and review results with patients. It's too bad because saliva testing is insanely beneficial. It can be the key to unlocking valuable information about your mouth like why your teeth are sensitive, what causes frequent cavities, or what you are most at risk for in your oral health.
What is the test kit like?
The test kit only takes two minutes and can be done anytime. There are two simple steps 👇
1️⃣ First, pop in the cheek retractors and snap a picture. The cheek retractors might look intimidating at first, but they're easy to use! Your picture shows your teeth and gums to our hygienists so they can look for things like:
- Gum inflammation
- Gum recession
- Tooth alignment
- Weakening enamel
- … and much more!
2️⃣ Second, the saliva test. It's the easiest test you'll take, all you need to do is moisten a small test strip on your tongue. When the test strip comes into contact with your saliva, it changes color and tells us two key pieces of information:
- The pH of your saliva, aka how acidic your saliva is.
- Your saliva's buffering capacity, or how good your saliva is at remineralizing your teeth and preventing dry mouth.
When you're done snap a picture of your saliva test. Simply upload your pictures, and presto 🪄 - that's it!
What happens after the test?
Your dedicated hygienist reviews your uploads and quiz answers and sends back your virtual consultation within two days. Your consultation includes:
- Saliva test results and what it means for your oral health
- Key areas for making progress on your oral health goals
- Your recommendations for products and techniques to help you reach your goals
Your trial products are sent to you as soon as your consultation is ready so you can give them a try. If you have any questions or adjustments you'd like to make with the products, you can chat 1:1 with your hygienist anytime!
As a member, you'll receive ongoing tests to measure the progress you are making. We'll continue to adjust your custom oral care based on your results so you can keep crushing your oral health goals.
You're thinking, "custom oral care sounds great, but do I really need to do this at-home test kit?". If you want to get the most out of your oral hygiene at home, then yes. If the thought of a test brings back memories from high school, don't sweat it! Our team has worked hard to make this test quick and easy!