Plaque HD is the world’s first toothpaste that can identify dental plaque. It can also help lessen rates of inflammation, stroke and heart attack, according to a new study published yesterday in the American Journal of Medicine.

The patented Plaque HD toothpaste was developed by an orthodontist in 2009 to provide a safe plaque-reduction program for patients to use at home.

The toothpaste works by using a gluten-free coloring agent, which makes plaque appear green. This helps provide a more efficient way to highlight and then clean the harmful buildup from teeth and gums. You brush your teeth until the green disappears. Once the color is brushed away, so is the plaque.

Results published in the study from a randomized trial of subjects with dental plaque confirms that Plaque HD produces statistically significant reductions in inflammation in gums, which can in turn lead to a reduction in inflammation throughout the body.

Gum disease and heart attacks

For decades, researchers have found gum disease (periodontitis) is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease. Gum disease may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke because inflammation in the gums and bacteria may eventually lead to narrowing of important arteries. It can also increase blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association.

This breakthrough toothpaste means that plaque can quickly be identified and dealt with before the situation develops into a much larger health concern.

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