Case 4 : Application of plaque disclosing gel

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a thin film of bacteria that grows on the teeth and can cause decay and gum disease if left for too long. Plaque disclosing tablets tablets simply colour the bacteria pink. Your child chews on the tablet and rinses once, leaving the coloured plque behind. This can be used prior to brushing to help guide your child, or can be used after brushing to indicate where they have missed.

DIY Disclosing Solution

If you do not have access to any of the options above, you can also make a DIY version! It will only colour the plaque in and will not identify old vs new plaque. All you need is Vaseline, cotton buds, food colouring and water.

1. Apply Vaseline to the lips to avoid colouring them in.
2. Mix 3-5 drops of food colouring with 10 mls of water.

2. Dip the cotton bud into the food colouring mixture and run along the teeth.

3. Rinse the mouth out to reveal plaque
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