Twice a year, when you get your dental checkup, does your dental hygienist tell you that youíre doing a great job Ė or are you told that you need to do better? Even conscientious adults often have a difficult time getting all of the plaque off of their teeth. Scientists and physicians have linked periodontal bacteria to increased risk of heart disease, so itís important to properly clean your teeth and gums daily.Fortunately, there are a number of products on the market today that are designed to help you improve your dental health by targeting plaque.
Plaque Disclosing Toothpaste
One of the newest and most innovative products on the scene is Plaque HD Toothpaste
. This toothpaste turns the plaque on your teeth green as you brush, so you can see it in real time and get more of it off your teeth. Itís a great tool for the entire family, and one tube of this toothpaste can last for several months if used weekly as an oral hygiene tool. Click
to see Plaque HD Toothpaste
Plaque Disclosing Liquid and Tablets
Several manufacturers make products specifically to reveal the plaque on your teeth. A few drops of Trace Disclosing Liquid
on a cotton swab turns the plaque on your teeth red, allowing you to see where your brushing falls short. You only use a drop or two, so a bottle of Trace can last for many months, depending on how often itís used. Click to see Trace Disclosing Liquid
Two-Tone Disclosing Tablets
are chewable tablets, which reveal the plaque on your teeth. Just chew one tablet and spit out the excess. Two-Tone Tablets turn old plaque blue, and new plaque red. So you wonít only see where the plaque is on your teeth, you will see where you miss brushing the most often. Click to see Two Tone Tablets
Several companies make a mouthwash that you can use either before you brush to help loosen plaque, or after you brush to help prevent plaque from forming. Some examples are Plax Mouthwash
, GUM PerioShield
and Biotine Moisturizing Mouthwash
. These can be useful, but they do not address the underlying problem: understanding where your brushing routine may have shortcomings. Most of these mouth rinses donít reveal plaque, and may give you a false sense of confidence. Still, they can be a good part of your oral hygiene routine when used with other product to reveal the plaque left behind.
No matter what tool you use to improve your oral hygiene routine, itís a good idea to double-check yourself from time to time. Keep your teeth healthy, and they will last you a lifetime.
About The Author
Lynn S. is the founder and owner of DentaKit.com. Shortly after getting braces in 2001 at age 41, Lynn realized that there was no convenient way for her to find the orthodontic products she needed locally. She created DentaKit.com to give orthodontic patients easy access to products that would help keep their braces and retainers clean and comfortable. Along the way, she also created ArchWired.com and its Metal Mouth Message Board to provide vital information and an online community for adults who have orthodontic braces.
Lynn has a degree in Communications and Journalism, with a focus on scientific writing and research. Before founding DentaKit.com, she was a technical writer and technical trainer for various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. Since starting DentaKit.com 15+ years ago, she has attended many meetings of various dental associations, and has read and researched extensively on a variety of orthodontic and dental subjects. The articles she writes are always vetted by one or more orthodontists or dentists before they are published.