New Toothpaste Identifies Plaque and Helps Reduce Inflammation

November 10, 2016
Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN

Using patented technology, the new toothpaste discolors harmful plaque when applied to the teeth, thereby decreasing the amount of inflammation and helping to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events.

There has been a lot of research published concerning the relationship between poor oral health and cardiovascular issues associated with inflammation, like heart disease and stroke. Inflammation can be measured through several means, but is most accurately measured by high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), which is a marker for cardiovascular disease. A new dental toothpaste is tackling the issue head-on by helping to target and remove more dental plaque than traditional toothpastes. Using patented technology, the new toothpaste discolors harmful plaque when applied to the teeth, thereby decreasing the amount of inflammation and helping to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events.

The new toothpaste, Plaque HD, is the first of its kind to use Targetol technology to color dental plaque blueish green when brushing teeth. The discoloration allows patients to actually see the plaque they have missed while brushing, leading to better oral health habits and a reduction in the amount of plaque present on teeth.

These results were confirmed through a study published in the American Journal of Medicine. The study involved 61 healthy patients aged 19 to 44 years, some of whom used Plaque HD for 60 days while others used a placebo toothpaste for the same period of time. Dental plaque levels and hs-CRP levels were both measured at baseline and at follow-up after completion of the study.

The results were significant. It was found that, in patients using Plaque HD toothpaste, the mean plaque score was reduced by 49% compared to a 24% reduction in the placebo group. It was also shown that the plaque identifying toothpaste reduced hs-CRP levels by 29% compared to a 25% increase in hs-CRP levels in the placebo group.

Plaque HD contains a unique combination of cleaning agents that work to weaken the core of the plaque structure. This helps patients more effectively visualize and remove the plaque. The product formula also helps to fight cavities and prevent gum disease. It is effective in all types of dentistry, including general, pediatric, and orthodontic practice. The product is currently available for purchase for both consumers and dental professionals.

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