Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is extremely important, especially during orthodontic treatment. If teeth are not thoroughly cleaned, plaque can begin to build up. Dental plaque is a soft, sticky substance that contains millions of bacteria. The bacteria in plaque use sugars in food and drinks to produce acid which can remove minerals from the enamel and damage the surface layer of the teeth. Over time, this damage results in visible white blemishes that are early signs of tooth decay. If they are allowed to progress, the lesions will result in permanent damage and cavities.
Prevention is the key to preventing tooth damage from occurring but since plaque is colorless, it can be extremely difficult to see. We have recently made a product available in our office that dyes plaque during brushing so that it can be easily seen and removed. Plaque HD is the first professional plaque-identifying toothpaste. It allows for the elimination of plaque before it can cause permanent damage. It also contains fluoride which is very helpful in strengthening teeth and replacing minerals that are lost during damage from acidic exposure. It comes in two flavors: berry bubble gum and mint. This toothpaste is not just for those with braces; let us know if you would like to give it a try!