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Dentists and patients may now be able to improve dental health thanks to a new tool that can reportedly spot subtle plaque build-up and administer early dental care.
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have developed a toothbrush-sized tool with a blue light at its tip which when used with special yellow glasses, will cause plaque to appear as a red glow in a patient's mouth.
The tool, made by Inspektor Research Systems BV, is designed for everyday use in the home, which may benefit children, the elderly, and others who are vulnerable to dental disease. It may also be useful for those lacking dental insurance who cannot get regular dental care.
Professor Sue Higham, from the University's School of Dental Sciences, said early stage plaque build-up is invisible and that the new product will be able to show people the neglected parts of their mouth.
"It is extremely difficult to get rid of all plaque in the mouth. Left undisturbed it becomes what we call 'mature' plaque and gets thicker. This is what leads to gingivitis, or bleeding gums, and decay," said Higham.
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