Using Plaque-Disclosing Agents
Bacterial plaque is a soft, sticky, almost invisible biofilm containing millions of organisms that adhere to tooth surfaces, dental appliances, restorations, and oral mucosa. More specifically, oral biofilm is “a dense, transparent, nonmineralized mass of bacterial colonies in a gel-like, intermicrobial, enclosed matrix that is attached to a moist environmental surface.” Unless removed, these bacteria can cause dental caries and periodontal diseases.
Oral biofilm is often hard to visualize, especially in difficult-to-reach areas of the mouth.
Whether it is a liquid, tablet, or gel, remaining oral biofilm can be identified and measured by a disclosing agent.
Which has been used as a dye to identify oral biofilm?
The use of a disclosing agent is a valuable oral hygiene tool, as it distinctly reveals plaque on the tooth surface.
Children should not be expected to have well-developed toothbrushing skills until they are at least 2 years old.
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