The collector pad of the inne strip can be moved freely over your tongue. It does not matter if the strip is upside down or right side up - only that it is in contact with saliva for it to absorb, like a little sponge that should be fully soaked with saliva.
You only need to have the collector (thin part of the inne strip that holds the collector pad) in your mouth. This ensures that the rest of the inne strip is free from saliva so that you don't need to get saliva on your fingers during activation of the inne strip.
But are there any particular methods?
We have observed those two so far, but we invite you to play around and find your own ;) You'll find a 30-sec timer in your inne App while your testing window is open, but feel free to collect a little longer if needed.
The Prepared collector
- Accumulate saliva in the front of your mouth.
- Place the strip in your mouth - make sure the collector pad can soak your saliva - close your mouth.
- Use your tongue to gently push more saliva toward the collector pad.
The Active collector
- Place the strip in your mouth and move it freely over your tongue.
- Use your tongue to gently stroke the collector pad with saliva so that it can be absorbed.
- Flip the strip over so that both sides of the collector pad touch your tongue.
Whatever method you find that works best for you, please avoid sucking or biting the collector pad.
And how do I know I have collected enough saliva?
The collector pad is a highly absorbent material, dimensioned to hold the amount of saliva needed to run the test successfully.
These cues to tell you if you have collected enough saliva:
- The collector pad appears thoroughly soaked and the surface is wet.
- The collector pad has expanded - the thickness expands up to 25-30% when fully saturated. Observe and compare the collector pad before and after saliva collection.