Plaque disclosing agents are used in both children and adults to help patients see the areas of plaque coverage and educate them on plaque removal. Disclosing plaque during a dental hygiene appointment helps the clinician motivate and educate patients. These agents are useful visual feedback tools, show- ing patients the areas they have missed while brushing during home care. Some studies suggest that the improvement is due to oral hygiene motivation and not due to the use of disclosing agents.

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