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Do you brush your teeth correctly? That means using a soft or medium thistle brush, making small circular motion, brushing for two minutes at a time, starting with your brush in a part of your smile every time, and brush twice a day. But, did you know that if you do all of these things, you could still miss plaque—and if plaque is left alone, it can harden into tartar that can only be removed by your dentist. And unfortunately, plaque and tartar can lead to gum disease.

Luckily, if you brush like you should, you can remove plaque before it hardens. Unfortunately, plaque is practically invisible, making it difficult to know that you’ve removed it efficiently. If you are interested in cleaning your teeth more effectively, have you ever considered a plaque discoloring agent?

Plaque discoloring agents are very useful because they will literally change the color of plaque, letting you clearly see areas you should clean more thoroughly. Please don’t misunderstand:  a disclosing agent will not remove plaque. Instead, you should brush and floss your teeth as normal, then use the disclosing agent, and finally clean any remaining plaque.

Fortunately, plaque disclosing agents come in many forms. For example, plaque discoloring agents can be tablets, a swab, a solution, or even dental floss.  Whether you are at risk for gum disease or just interested in having a cleaner smile, please speak with your dentist to learn if a plaque discoloring agent is right for you.

If you are interested in learning more, or would like to schedule an appointment with our team, please feel free to contact us today. We are excited to hear from you.