Searching for GUM Red-cote Disclosing Tablets

December 8th, 2010 by dontai


GUM Red-cote disclosing tablets tint plaque bright red, showing your kids where they missed brushing. I want to buy some.[/caption]

My little weed, when it comes to brushing his teeth, is really lazy. Other more interesting pastimes attract his attention, such as watching tv, fighting with his older sister, playing with whatever, anything is more interesting than properly brushing his teeth. Our dentist can attest to his lack of vigilance, which also reflects on the parent’s vigilance. That would be me. Disclosing tablets are chewed and use a red dye to colour plaque a brilliant red, showing my little weed where he was hasty. Recommended both by my family dentist as well as orthodontist, I cannot seem to find GUM Red-cote disclosing tablets here in Toronto, Canada.

I tried a Listerine mouth wash that was supposed to dye plaque, but it was an abysmal failure of a product. Fun, yes, but not effective. I used GUM Red-cote when I was a kid, and frankly if my parents used it more often on me I would have better brushed teeth and gums. Both my family dentist and orthodontist recommend it but cannot seem to order it. Why I am not sure.

A quick search on Google shows that Amazon sells it, 40 tablets for $3.99. I’d get that but shipping is extra, and I’m in Canada, so they will not ship to me. I then found Sunstar Canada, 1-800-265-8353, who seem to own the GUM brand in Canada and say that my dentist can order Red-cote directly from them. These tablets are not distributed to local retailers such as Walmart, Shopper’s or PharmaPlus. I know because the Sunstar customer service lady told be, but I also look at all these stores and came up with nothing.

GUM Red-cote disclosing liquid. Is this available in Canada?

GUM Red-cote disclosing liquid. Is this available in Canada?

GUM Red-cote disclosing tablets tint plaque bright red, showing your kids where they missed brushing. I want to buy some.

Alas I must wait for my dentist to do the order and patiently wait for her return call. In the mean time maybe I will see if Amazon will ship to Canada.

Searches on Google Images reveal there is a GUM Red-cote disclosing liquid. My dentist has never mentioned this to me, and I have never heard of this before. I wonder if this is available in Canada? Further phone calls to Sunstar are required. This image seems to be from a Malaysian web site.

One Response to “Searching for GUM Red-cote Disclosing Tablets”

  1. David Ing Says:

    Don, I got into the habit of flossing during my master’s degree in the Chicago area, as my “international father” is a pedodontist. He suggested flossing isn’t something that needs to be done in the bathroom, and that it can be done while watching television. (He suggested flossing watching Johnny Carson).

    I have to admit that the habit has stuck. I don’t keep my dental floss in the bathroom, and it’s now a ritual. Somehow, I associate flossing with watching television before going to bed … which isn’t necessarily a bad ting.

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