How to de­feat the plague called plaque

Central and North Burnett Times - - CLOSET AND HEALTH - — Matt Young,

AS YOU read this an army of cells is in­vad­ing your body. They’re set­ting up camp, stick­ing them­selves to one of the most vis­i­ble parts of the hu­man anatomy, yet act­ing like in­vis­i­ble sol­diers suck­ing out your vi­tal min­er­als.

The body fights this mi­cro­scopic bac­te­ria on a daily ba­sis; there’s no es­cape and cer­tainly no de­feat.

The pri­mary of­fender is a film, or gelati­nous sub­stance, that clings to your teeth. We call it plaque.

It’s a pow­er­ful war­rior, plaque. It gives oral bac­te­ria pro­tec­tion from the air, which kills germs, and it pins bac­te­ria to your teeth, where they feed on the leftovers stuck in your mouth.

While our mouth needs a dose of good bac­te­ria to sus­tain its en­vi­ron­ment, too much of the bad stuff can cause some pretty dam­ag­ing re­sults.

“When you don’t brush you’re al­low­ing bac­te­ria to grow on your teeth, and the bac­te­ria pro­duces a sticky sub­stance which helps the bac­te­ria sit and mul­ti­ply,” says Trevor Mor­ris, a den­tist from Syd­ney’s Holdsworth House.

But there are ways to sup­press these sticky suck­ers. In fact, there’s an easy and cheap so­lu­tion that is sure to keep your smile bright and white. They call them Dis­clos­ing Tabs, or Dis­clotabs, for short. Dis­clotabs are made from a harm­less veg­etable dye that stains the plaque al­ready rest­ing on your teeth.

Use a dis­clos­ing tablet

STEP ONE: Af­ter brush­ing and floss­ing, take one dis­clos­ing tablet and chew. STEP TWO: Swish it around your mouth for 30 sec­onds and spit the re­main­ing dye out. STEP THREE: The dye should be stuck to the prob­lem ar­eas of your teeth. Check for signs near the gum line. STEP FOUR: Brush and floss prob­lem ar­eas. STEP FIVE: Voila! Say hello to a healthy white smile. — Dis­clos­ing tablets can be found at your lo­cal den­tist.

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