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Find Out How Well You Are Brushing with Plaque Disclosing Products

Posted on 4/20/2016 by Boeckel
A man flossing his teeth to protect his oral health!Do you think you are doing a good job of removing all the plaque from your teeth when you brush?

Many people do and are surprised to find out how much gets left behind. Put your skills to the test by trying out plaque disclosing products.

What Are Plaque Disclosing Products?

Plaque disclosing products can be found in almost any pharmacy, and they contain harmless dyes that will react with the plaque in your mouth. Simply pop them in your mouth after you clean your teeth, and wait to see if any colored areas spring up. When they do, you'll be able to identify areas of trouble where you need to better focus on when you clean your teeth.

What Types of Plaque Disclosing Products Are Available?

There are a few major options available when it comes to products that will disclose where plaque is hiding out in your mouth:

•  Tablets. After you brush your teeth as normal, you will chew up a tablet, allowing it to mix with the saliva that is in your mouth. Swish this mixture around for approximately 30 seconds before spitting it out.
•  Solutions. These liquids are used similarly to mouthwash. Simply swish them around in your mouth for about 30 seconds, and then spit them out.
•  Swabs. With a swab, you will rub down the surfaces of your teeth before looking for areas of discoloration.
•  Floss. Used to show how well you do at flossing, colored floss can show how much plaque you are removing with each flossing job.

People who wear braces, have receding gums, or have other oral health problems can most benefit from trying out a plaque disclosing product, but they can be useful for anyone. If you have questions about using these products, contact our office for guidance.

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