More Than Your Usual Disclosing!!
August 16, 2011
by Lory Laughter
One great aspect of my job is evaluating products before they become available on the market. Not every product evaluated goes to final production - prohibiting me from sharing something I often think is stellar or practice changing.
Believe me when I say I am smiling just writing about this next "coming soon" educational, motivational and down right fun tool for dental professioinals. GC Tri Plaque ID Gel™ goes above and beyond ordinary disclosing solution for a number of reasons.
- GC Tri Plaque ID Gel™ discloses in three distinct colors, allowing patients to see low risk, high risk and extra high-risk plaque. Plaque colors red if is it fresh plaque, purple if it is mature plaque and light blue if the plaque is mature and strong acid producing. Just showing a patient all three colors in their own mouth motivates better homecare habits. Having used the gel on patients of all ages, I can tell you that adults are as impressed with the visual as children.
In the past, most patients have not especially enjoyed disclosing and I have reserved the procedure most often for the 5-14 age range. After using the GC Tri Plaque ID Gel™ for a time on all ages, a few adults have actually requested disclosing to evaluate their changed oral care habits.
- The gel is not too thin. It applies easily and works quickly - light blue shows up in about 1 minute if it is present. It spreads over the tooth surface well and can be removed by brushing, flossing and/or a prophy procedure. I like having the patient remove as much as possible to reinforce proper brushing and interproximal cleaning.
- Helping a patient identify where the more harmful or risky plaque is forming illustrates that brushing is often not enough. When light blue plaque is present at the line angles even after the patient attempts removal by brushing, I can show them exactly how to conquer those hard to reach areas.
- It doesn't taste! As we all know, taste is very important with products we apply to the oral cavity. No patient of any age has ever told me the gel tastes bad. When I specifically ask, they tell me it doesn't taste at all. Extremely helpful with the young kids who are sensitive to every taste and texture.
Usually my excitement for new products or technology revolves around something big or appealing to my geeky side. GC Tri Plaque ID Gel™ is not flashy or digital. It will not take up space in your operatory or require additional appointment time. It will change how home care instruction is received and perceived. Personal responsibility for plaque control lies mainly with the patient and this product allows for easy evaluation of just how efficiently home care is being performed.
Coming in October 2011! Ask your dentist, dental hygienist or GC America Inc. representative when you can get your own tube.