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A More Visual Way to Battle Plaque

February 16, 2016

Toothpaste has teal discoloring agents.

For consumers who need more help battling plaque, Plaque HD Plaque-Identifying Toothpaste offers a visual that can be over looked; it contains teal disclosing agents to color and identify plaque build-up on teeth. It is proven to help consumers remove up to four times more plaque than a standard toothpaste, according to it makers, which have published results in the International Journal of Dentistry and Oral Science. Participants in the independent studies conducted in the orthodontic department at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry were separated into two groups, with one group brushing with a standard toothpaste and the second group brushing with Plaque HD.
The presence of plaque on tooth surfaces was visualized by plaque-bound fluorescein, photographed, and digitally quantified to calculate the percentage of remaining plaque. Participants using Plaque HD demonstrated a 51% reduction in plaque, while participants using a standard toothpaste only demonstrated an 8.3% reduction.
Currently, Plaque HD is sold through professional offices and on It is available in a professional version for $21 and a retail version for $14.95.

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