“ Brand: Sensodyne / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Disclosing tablets work by dyeing plaque either blue or red. Because they dye all bacteria and your mouth contains a lot of "friendly" bacteria the tongue and gums also get dyed. You don't need to clean these off. Bacteria in plaque cause the most damage where the tooth meets the gum (ie. at the base of the crown of the tooth). Use the tablets AFTER brushing and make a note of where the dye is left ( the areas that haven't been cleaned as well). Usual areas are the inside of the back teeth and bhind the front teeth especially the lowers. Clean these off with the toothbrush. Next time you brush your teeth pay special attention to these areas (but do not neglect other areas) and everytime you use the tablets you should see a reduction in the number of areas you are missing. It is a good idea to have a mental note of where you usually miss while brushin your teeth so that you pay attention to them. hOW DO YOU TELL IF ITS WORKING? A general indicator is bleeding gums... as you clean your teeth effectively they will bleed less and less. They may also look less reddened and swollen... although this is difficult to see at the back of the mouth. I'd recommend using the tablets for about a week and then (provided there has been improvement) use one tablet a week just to make sure you aren't missing any areas. And another thing... use them at night if you don't want to go to work with a red/blue tongue. SAFETY: You shouldn't swallow the tablets whole as its pointless. They aren't toxic... but may turn your stool funky colours. They are OK to use on children... but use half a tablet... smaller mouths = less teeth = less areas to dye
Having visited the dentist and receiving another telling off about the apparent poor state of my mouth, I've decided to do something about it, if only so that I don't have to go back again! The disclosing tablets cost £1.99 for a pack of 12, and they're very easy to use. You simply chew a tablet, then lick your tongue over all your teeth and gums to make sure you get an even spread of the blue goo. When you've rinsed your mouth out, any placque is coloured blue. You then brush like mad for seemingly ever to get rid of all the blue, thus getting rid of plaque. The downside to this being that you'll end up with a royal blue tongue. The only thing that concerns me slightly is that on the pack it says not to swallow. There's no advice leaflet with them either; the instructions being printed on the back of the box. Having said that, it'll be a few weeks before I know if they're worth the money as I won't know until I go back to the dentist. The only thing keeping me going through all this dentistry business is the fact that I'm not paying for it after just having had a baby.