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I remember when I was a lot younger and the adverts for plaque disclosing tablets were shown on TV and I thought they were some camera trick and I did not think that they were possible, hehe! It must have been magic! I was mistaken.
I first purchased these when I was doing dental nursing work experience at a dental practise. Obviously, when you're working in an environment that is founded on restoring teeth and keeping them healthy, you begin to take a bit more interest in your own! Also, the fact that I am studying to be a dentist makes it even more important that I keep my teeth as clean as possible so in the future I am actually practising what I preach! =)
What are they? ------------------ 'Fresh' plaque that is plaque that has been on the tooth surface for no more that 24hours is a chalky, white, soft substance that you'll find building up on the margins of you gums and teeth. Being a colour that is very similar to tooth tissue it can be very difficult to detect if all the plaque has been completely removed especially for teeth that are further back in the mouth, that is, the molars. This is exactly what I discovered when I began using these 'magical' tablets.
The tablets act as a disclosing agent that stains plaque and other debris so you can physically 'see' which areas in the mouth you are missing when brushing! You will be very surprised! I used to think my brushing technique was to some extent very good, when I started using these, I realised there were areas in my mouth I was either completely missing or not reaching properly.
How do they work? ------------------------- Active Ingredient: Erythrosine E127 (12mg)
Each ORAL-B PLAQUE CHECK Disclosing Tablet contains the active ingredient erythrosine which stains dental plaque. Erythrosine is a cherry/pink synthetic coal tar dye. It is not only used as a dental plaque disclosing agent but also used in food colouring, printing, fluorescent indicator, biological stain and many more.
Other Ingredients: Dextrose Monohydrate (simple sugar - used as a sweetener), Talc, Magnesium stearate and Blackcurrant flavouring
How are they used? ------------------------ Each tablet, once removed from its plastic coating, should be chewed thoroughly. The tongue can then be used to spread the saliva to all tooth surfaces and gum surfaces and this is to ensure that the disclosing agents can make contact with all areas in the mouth that could have plaque. The mouth can then be rinsed out and any areas that contain plaque will stain red =) Next, you can brush you teeth until all the red stain is removed! It is very important NOT TO SWALLOW THE TABLET!!! This is the worst bit I think, it's very difficult to chew something in the mouth and spread the substance all over your teeth with out swallowing!! If during normal use the tablet is accidentally swallowed, wash your mouth out with water.
** The tablets can also be used by children over the age of 6 but only under supervision on an adult!
If your using these tablets for the first time, I would advise you to brush your teeth first, then disclose. This way, you'll get to see all the areas you're missing and TRUST ME… you'll be very surprised!
If your using these tablets for the first time, I would advise you to brush your teeth first, then use the disclosing agent. It will be very interesting for you to see all the areas that you miss!
Also you are advised to use the Oral-B disclosing tablets at night because you will find that your mouth and lips will be stained for a few hours. Further more, it is more important to keep your mouth clean at night because when you're sleeping, your saliva flow decreases and so our body's natural way of flushing you're mouth will be reduced.
**TIP: (especially for the males…) of you do not want your lips to turn bright red, put a little Vaseline on them before you chew the tablets. The Vaseline will act as a protective layer and prevent the stain from getting to your lips!
If the tablets dribble on to clothes or towels when chewing, the stain can be removed by washing with a little soap and plenty of water.
How often should they be used? -------------------------------------- If using for the first time, you should use them once a day until you become familiar with the area in your mouth that your tooth brush is missing and until you feel you have corrected your tooth brushing technique. After this, they can be used occasionally just to confirm that you are brushing your teeth correctly.
Side Effects --------------- They are no side effect associated with using these tablets however, if you do experience any unusual or unexpected side effects your should inform your dentist or pharmacist and the will advise you on what is best to do.
** Obviously, do not use these tablets if you have an allergy to Erythrosine or any of the listed ingredients! ** There is of course an expiry date on these tablets and they therefore should not be used beyond this date.
Where to purchase from?? ------------------------------- You will find these tablets at most dental practises and pharmacies. They come in a pack of 12 tablet and they retail form around £1.99 to £2.50
For more information of the product, you can visit www.oral-b.com
Happy brushing!! =)
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Good review. It covers most points. It would be useful to comment on how serious the effects of plaque are, presumably leading to gum disease and/or tooth decay. How important is it to remove plaque regularly? I have never used disclosing tablets, have regular dental checkups, and have never had any tooth decay. Is it worthwhile for me to use disclosing tablets? There is one confusing part in your review. You say that if all plaque has been removed, then it is difficult to see plaque. Do you mean if all hardened plaque has been removed it is difficult to see soft plaque? Skriabini.