Plaque is a tricky little substance. Not only is this stuff super sticky and full of bacteria, it’s also invisible. That means even if you’re diligently brushing your teeth every day, you could be missing some plaque spots without even knowing it. When plaque isn’t removed, it clings the teeth and develops into hardened deposits called tartar, and it weakens the enamel and causes cavities and tooth decay. Not a pretty picture.
Enter: Disclosing tablets. These capsules contain a safe, non-toxic dye that coats any plaque deposits that are on your teeth. We recommend that you use a tablet after you’ve brushed your teeth and rinsed out your mouth, so you can check to see what got left behind. Simply chew the tablet or let it dissolve in your mouth (depending on the brand), and use your tongue and saliva to spread and swish the crushed tablet all over your teeth.
Now, open your mouth while looking at the mirror. You’ll likely see at least a few brightly-colored spots staring back at you! These are all of the plaque deposits that were missed when you brushed your teeth. Simply go back over your teeth with your soft-bristled toothbrush and a little toothpaste, and brush until all of the coloring is gone. Now, you can rest assured that you have a really clean smile, and bacteria won’t have a chance to do damage to those pearly whites.
Disclosing tablets can often be purchased at your local pharmacy or drugstore. If you’re having trouble finding them, you can also buy them on Amazon.com, or contact your dental office for more information.