Exposé - Tried And True Product April 2011

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 05/23/2011
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This unique product eliminates the need for messy measuring and mixing.

As a company founded by a dentist, for dentists, the Centrix pledge is to do everything possible to make practices more productive, and with Exposé, Centrix has consistently delivered on that pledge.

Exposé is a caries detector solution that is preapplied to Centrix Benda Micro single-use applicators. It requires no measuring or mixing, and it eliminates cross contamination.

Simply applying Exposé by touching a wet tooth surface enables the propylene glycol-based caries detector to stain the outer infected dentin, allowing the dentist to conserve healthy tooth structure. ?The dye does not stain the dentin itself. Rather, it stains the byproducts of decay,? said Centrix Executive Vice President John Discko in an interview with Dental Product Shopper. ?The decayed byproducts absorb the dye, making it very easy to distinguish from the non-decayed tissue.?

Exposé eliminates the mess of bulk containers and brush-tipped syringes. Gone are the days of stocking vinegar for messy accidents. Exposé is available in 2 head sizes and 2 detector colors, blue and red.

Formula History

Exposé was first marketed in 2006. The manufacturers developed the product using the standard formula for caries indicators ? an FD&C dye in a propylene glycol base. This formula was known to be able to stain the byproducts of carious dentin, making them easier to see and remove. Since the staining liquid was messy and difficult to control, a better method of application was needed.

Exposé was first released under the name DipStix. Shortly thereafter, Centrix officials released the product in a countertop dispenser form and changed the name during the relaunch.

Pre-dried on disposable Benda Micro applicators, the main purpose of the applicators is to make the application process easier, neater, and cleaner, Discko said.

?Most dentists like it because it is a big improvement over the liquid that you have to apply,? said Discko. ?Liquids can drip and be messy, and if you get it on your clothes, it is really difficult to remove.?

He added that many clinicians have remarked how user friendly these applicators can be. ?The really nice thing is that you can get into root canals and other areas where it can be difficult to reach,? said Discko.

Clinician Feedback

In an independent evaluation published in 2008, several dentists said they were pleased that the applicators helped reduce the mess caused by liquid dyes. They also said they appreciated the color choices, and noted it is very easy to see, even in amalgam-stained teeth. ?Colleen Platt