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I have it—you want it! GC Tri Plaque ID Gel

Feb. 24, 2022
Dr. Howard Glazer reviews a promising new product or material to hit the dental industry. In this installment, learn more about GC Tri Plaque ID Gel from GC America.

Motivating a patient to be more diligent with their oral hygiene can often be a daunting task. However, if you can show them how the plaque is adhering to their teeth and illustrate how long it has been there, you have a better chance of convincing them. GC Tri Plaque ID Gel is just such a product, helping to educate and motivate patients who have not been diligent in flossing and brushing.

This gel will identify plaque that is fresh with a pink/red color, while a blue/purple color indicates plaque that has been present for 48 hours or longer, and a light blue color indicates high-risk plaque. The material is simply applied with a microbrush, cotton swab applicator, or you can have the patient apply with a toothbrush. Immediately thereafter, have the patient lightly rinse and inspect the dentition. The results will tell the tale and you and/or your hygienist will now have an easier task in explaining a good home-care regimen. GC may have just “colorfully unlocked” the secret to patients achieving better oral hygiene.

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Editor's note: This article appeared in the February 2022 print edition of Dental Economics.

About the Author

Howard S. Glazer, DDS, FAGD

Howard S. Glazer, DDS, FAGD, is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, American Society for Dental Aesthetics, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and a diplomate of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry. He is an attending dentist at the Englewood Hospital in Englewood, New Jersey, and the deputy chief forensic dental consultant to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York. For the past several years, Dr. Glazer was named one of the top dentists in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly, 201 Magazine, and Bergen Magazine. He lectures nationally and internationally on the subjects of dental materials, cosmetic dentistry, forensic dentistry, and patient management. Additionally, Dr. Glazer is a frequent author of dental articles and has been published worldwide. For 14 years he wrote a column, “What’s Hot and What’s Getting Hotter!” in AGD Impact. He currently writes the column “I have it—You want it!” in Dental Economics. Dr. Glazer maintains a general practice in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Read Dr. Glazer's DE Editorial Advisory Board profile here. 

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