Would you vacuum your carpet if it didn’t look dirty? Probably not. Unfortunately, many people look in the mirror and don’t see anything on their teeth so they assume that their teeth are clean. If only they knew the truth! There are millions of bacteria that live in our mouths and cling to our teeth. You can read more about dental plaque here.
The problem is that plaque is very hard to see for the untrained eye. Luckily, there are products such as plaque disclosing tablets and plaque disclosing solutions. This is a type of dye that adheres to plaque in your mouth allowing you to easily visualize it – and remove it. If you see plaque on your teeth, you will want to remove it! Once you have used plaque disclosing tablets and/or solution a few times, you will figure out where the plaque tends to hide in your mouth, thus increasing your brushing efficiency.
Our Plaque Disclosing Experiment
A few days ago, my wife and I didn’t brush all day. At the end of the day, we took pictures of our teeth, and then chewed a plaque disclosing tablet and took another set of pictures. Here’s a photo montage showing how our teeth looked:
My wife didn’t rinse out as well as me, so only the very dark pink areas are plaque on her teeth. Also, we don’t usually smile like this…we were trying to show more of our teeth for the picture 🙂
Where Most Plaque Lives On Teeth
As you can probably tell, most plaque accumulates between our teeth. The area between our teeth is an area where plaque are less likely to be swept away by our tongue when chewing or by our toothbrush when we brush. The best way to remove the plaque between our teeth is by flossing. To the right is a close-up of one of my upper pre-molars, clearly showing all of the plaque living between my teeth. Pretty gross, right?
Where to Get Plaque Disclosing Tablets
Do you want to find out where the plaque is on your teeth? Or do you need help motivating your toddler to brush? Try showing him or her where the “bugs” are living on their teeth. Actually seeing the plaque will motivate children and adults alike. You can find plaque disclosing tablets at most local pharmacies. If you’re into buying things online, here are a few options from Amazon: 1 – Butler GUM Red-cote Dental Disclosing Tablets Pack of 250 tablets – Name brand chewable tablets. 2 – Young Dental 2 Tone Disclosing Tablets Pack of 40 – Great chewable tablets. 3 – Young Dental 2 Tone Disclosing Tablets Pack of 250 – Large pack of chewable tablets. 4 – Young Dental 2 Tone Disclosing Solution 2 Fl Oz [Pictured] – This is the same liquid that most dentists and hygienists use. You can easily swab it onto your (or your child’s) teeth with a q-tip to find out where the plaque is lurking. Do you have any questions or comments about plaque disclosing tablets or solution? Feel free to leave them below in the comments section. Thanks for reading!