“ Brand: Boots / Type: Disclosing Tablets / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
When you know that you have somewhat neglected your teeth for far too long and finally institute an intense oral care program, it is difficult to know if you are now doing things correctly and not missing areas of plaque, especially in the hard to brush areas.
These little pills tell you if you are or are not doing a good job with the brushing and flossing and which spots you are missing.
Pop one of these little blue pills in your mouth after you have completed your usual oral care routine and let it dissolve - even if you might have to chew a little - and you will soon know where, if at all, you are falling down with your fang care routine. Those areas will be unmissable as they will be blue, as will your tongue in all probability.
The blue on your teeth indicates areas of plaque and the old, hardened plaque which is tartar. The bacteria on your tongue and cheeks may also cause them to stay blue on even thorough and multiple rinsing sessions. Removing the blue areas through directed brushing and scraping the tongue and cheeks will both show you where you or your children need to do better and will remove a lot of the bad stuff while you or your child do it.
Kids especially will benefit from trying this product. They will love the blueness and will - hopefully - be horrified at the amount of plaque left on their underbrushed teeth and so do better in future. But kids are not the only ones who benefit from checking their oral care regime's effectiveness with these disclosing tablets.
This is a valuable testing tool for anyone who is serious about their oral care regime, especially after letting things slide for far too long.
And as such, a staple of the bathroom cabinet.
Those of us of a certain age will remember visits to the school dentist, as well as coating our teeth in fissure sealing she used to give us little dental care packs containing bright pink disclosing tablets. The idea of these tablets is that they let you see how well you are brushing your teeth. You brush your teeth as normal and when you have finished you popped one of those tablets in your mouth and any areas where you had not brushed properly showed up bright pink.
I had looked for disclosing tablets a few times over the years and was unable to find them anywhere until one day in Boots I saw some on the shelves.These tablets cost around the £2 mark for a little packet of 12 and they are just like the ones I used to get at school except that they stain any areas of plaque bright blue instead of pink.
After brushing you chew one of these tiny tablets and swill the resulting goo that comes from the tablet mixing with your saliva around your mouth. The tablets taste foul, very bitter indeed which will certainly put anyone off swallowing the liquid which is just as well because after you have coated your mouth in the solution you spit any excess liquid out. The liquid sticks to any plaque deposits within your mouth giving you a visual guide to how well you are brushing your teeth. This is a great idea especially with children, it is very easy to miss trickier areas to brush such as along the gumline, between teeth or the backs of the molars and and by using these tablets you can improve your brushing technique to make sure you don't miss those areas in future.
I was pretty impressed at how little blue was left on my teeth after using these tablets, I will warn you though that the blue did stick to a couple of white fillings that I have but was easy enough to brush off again. The area that shocked me was my tongue which was covered in blue dye, I know you are meant to brush your tongue but using a toothbrush on that delicate area makes me want to gag! The blue brushed off my teeth easily enough but it took a lot of scrubbing to get the dye off my tongue, I never even attempted the area at the back of my mouth as I knew I would gag but managed to get it off the front of my tongue easily enough, the rest of the dye wore off over the course of a few hours.
I think these tablets are great, kids love the bright blue dye and it is a great way to encourage them to improve their dental hygiene as well as giving adults a quick check to see how good their brushing technique is.
Trying to get my six year old daughter to brush her teeth properly is like trying to nail jelly to the ceiling - no matter what I try, she'll get distracted about 30 seconds into brushing and wonder off to do something else, and I'm constantly sending her back into the bathroom to brush them properly . She's also reached the age of wobbly teeth, and delights in using this as an excuse to brush very gently, which of course, doesn't get them clean at all .
I remember as a kid my dad giving me some special sweets just before bedtime. Before you start worrying that my dads a dreadful old pervert, or some terrible parent who doses his children up on sugar at night, let me clarify - although I was told they were sweets, they were actually disclosing tablets .
These are small blue tablets with a little glucose in to sweeten them up , and a box of 12 cost me around £1.75 from Boots . They can be used by children six years and over, so my daughter is just the right age .
To use these, you simply brush your teeth as usual, and then put one tablet into your mouth for a few minutes, giving it a good old chew and crunch to get it all over your teeth . Then, spit the tablet out into the sink, and give your mouth a good rinse out with water .
Now, if you've brushed your teeth properly, you've nothing to worry about - but if you haven't, bits of dirt and plaque on your teeth will turn blue! Don't panic though, because a thorough brushing will remove all the blue, and all the dirt too .
My daughter actually enjoys using these at the moment, I think because they are a bit of a novelty . I've been using them three times a week for the last month, and I can definitely see some improvement in her teeth - less and less turn blue with each usage , so she's clearly brushing her teeth much better now than she used to .
I think these are a genius little product, quite fun to use for kids, and pretty inexpensive too .Teaching your children to brush their teeth well is a valuable lesson that will hopefully leave them with bright smiles for the rest of their lives, and this product makes it so easy to do that!
As some of you will know, I have three children aged 7,8 and 10 years and trying to get them to brush their teeth properly can sometimes be a total nightmare.
It feels like I am constantly moaning at them to brush their teeth and it`s just not doing any good, so I decided to buy Boots disclosing tablets.
What are disclosing Tablets?
They are a small blue tablet containg patent blue V and also Glucose, they reveal plaque on the teeth and help to encourage a good brushing technique.
Where can they be purchased?
I bought them from Boots from £1.69, they come in a small blue and silver box with 12 tablets sealed in a foil package. The tablets are suitable for 6 years and over.
How to use these tablets
Using the tablets is easy, simply brush your teeth and then put one tablet in to your mouth for a few minutes, DO NOT swallow, spit out and rinse your mouth with water and check your teeth.
If some of your teeth turn blue, then there is plague on these teeth you should re - brush your teeth until the blue stains have gone.
My kids thought it was great at first, but when their teeth turned blue they were not impressed at having to brush them again (pure laziness), so I have now said that every so often I am going to check their teeth, using these tablets to see how much they have improved.
Did their teeth improve?
So a few days later I got the tablets out again, off they went to brush their teeth, took the tablet and some teeth did turn blue, but there was a big improvement.
I intend to do this a few times a week to keep an eye on their teeth, although they are not happy with this idea it means I am not always moaning and their teeth are getting brushed properly, Highly recommended!!!
Thanks for reading
On a recent visit to the dentist with my 2 children (aged 10 and 7 1/2) I had to admit their tooth brushing skills weren't as good as I thought they were, which left me feeling a bit guilty as I didn't always supervise through lack of time in mornings, and now grudgingly admit also that perhaps my two little angels may even on some occasions have pretended to brush their little molars to avoid being late for school or making me late for work.
Whose fault? Mine entirely as I shouldn't try to rush them to get ready in time, and by doing so have neglected my duty in ensuring they are healthy in all ways. Instead I should be organising my routine better.
But enough of the guilt trips I've laid on myself, time for action! First of all a trip to Boots was necessary for some dental supplies. On the advice of my dental nurse I purchased some new toothbrushes aimed at my children's age, (by letting them choose the colour/theme) and bought each of them their own tube of toothpaste. The last thing on my list was to purchase some disclosing tablets.
Now we all must surely remember the days in school when the school dentist would visit and give each of us a small pink tablet which we would chew and then spit out, leaving our tongues, lips and teeth bright pink? Then we would brush away all that pink to reveal nice white teeth again. These tablets are exactly the same only now are a lovely shade if blue (somehow I couldn't see my son wanting to have a pink tongue)
Boots advanced disclosing tablets come in a pack of 12 and cost around £1.70 which may sound rather expensive especially when you have two children or more children to consider, but on the advice of the assistant in store these could be cut in half and so doubled the amount. I bought 2 packets so that I would have enough to last me a couple of weeks to give the children a good start. (watch out for special offers on these though as I suspect they would be on the 3 for 2 offers quite often)
They come in a blister pack similar to that of paracetamol, and so must be kept out of the reach of children as they could be taken for sweets as could any other tablet. They are recommended for use by children over the age of 6, this is because younger children may swallow them and this is not advised.
I prefer to get my kids to use them at night a little while before they go to bed, I say a little while because try getting children to do anything whilst they are tired and you are facing a tantrum! First of all your child has to brush their teeth as normal and then they chew one of these tablets (make sure they are over the sink when doing this as quite often they leak saliva and blue stains on clothing may come out quite well in the wash but it does take a fair amount of scrubbing to get that face clean) As I mentioned I like to cut the tablets into two halves, not a simple task but with a sharp knife can be achieved. There is a line across each tablet which makes it a little easier to do. Once my two have brushed their teeth and I am satisfied they have done their best I pop half a tablet into each of their mouths, and instruct them to chew it, making sure they swish it about in their mouths a little to make sure they coat all of their teeth in the blue dye. This only needs to last for a short time and then they spit the residue down the sink...or as my son likes to do, down the toilet turning the water blue...little imp! Only then do I allow them to look in the mirror to see where they've missed brushing, the blue dye sticks to the missed bits of plaque and allows they to see exactly where they've missed and then they continue brushing their teeth to try remove all traces of blue (plaque)
This has been hugely successful in that they now are more diligent when brushing their teeth, especially at night when using the tablets, but also a little more in the mornings when they remember how blue their teeth were and after I explained what that plaque left behind could do to their teeth and gums!
I will continue to use the disclosing tablets for a while longer until I am 100% confident that they are brushing their teeth to the best of their abilities twice daily and my son has been instructed by the dentist to use his brush at lunchtime in school also as he has very thin enamel possibly due to a mixture of drinking fruit juices and also using his asthma inhalers and other medication over the years.
The disclosing tablets use the food colouring additive E131 (Patent blue V) which is a synthetic coal-tar dye. This additive can cause allergy to some people, resulting in skin rash etc and is not recommended for consumption by children, It can also cause hyperactivity and is apparently banned in USA, Australia and Norway according to the UKfoodguide.net - I suspect though that the quantity of the dye is not sufficient to cause alarm and that with proper adult supervision that this is not swallowed then should cause no suffering to children or Boots would not sell it. I have noticed no adverse reactions in either of my children and my son as many of you already know does have allergy problems already with many things.
To recap, I would highly recommend using these disclosing tablets as a way of making sure your children are brushing their teeth correctly, perhaps not for an extended period of time but to get them into a better routine and seeing where they are going wrong. As long as the child remembers to spit it out it shouldn't cause any harm, although I'm not sure swallowing such a small thing would cause any damage either...but I am not a doctor or do I claim to have any medical knowledge so don't take my word on that! If you're at all unsure then I would consult your dentist for more information.
Thanks for reading
Michelle Jun08 (also on other sites)