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When you’re cleaning your smile, it’s important to do so with the best, safest, and most effective tools. Unfortunately, there are many smile-cleaning instruments that can harm your teeth and gums. Therefore, you should be careful when purchasing oral hygiene products at the store.

There are many tools our Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD dental team recommends avoiding at all costs.

Dental scalers that you can purchase at the store are not safe for your smile, which is why it’s best to avoid using them. Many people are misled and they use this instrument to remove the plaque and tartar from their teeth, but oftentimes they harm and damage their gums and teeth, leading to tooth chips, tooth sensitivity, and receded and infected gums. It can also lead to gum disease because the tartar is frequently pushed below the gumline when using this product. The only people who should use a scaler to clean your teeth are our dentists, Michael Smith, DMD and Evan Smith, DMD!

Toothbrushes with hard and tough bristles are also harmful products that can damage your smile. Many people think that the hard bristles are more effective at removing the plaque from their teeth and the tartar from their gums, but that is not the case. Soft-bristled toothbrushes are the best tools to use because they safely and effectively clean your smile all while taking care of your gums.

The last dental product to avoid is one that has not earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. The ADA is an organization that tests products for their safety and effectiveness in an oral hygiene routine. If a product passes the rigorous testing and research, it will receive the stamp of approval. This means these products are the best, safest, and most effective for your smile because they keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. So, if a product does not have the stamp of approval, it’s best to avoid using it.

If you stay away from over-the-counter dental scalers and hard-bristled toothbrushes and stick to using ADA-approved products, you’ll be on your way toward the best, safest, and most effective smile-cleaning routine. For more information and details about oral hygiene tools in Boise, Idaho, please call our office today at 208-343-4986. We are more than happy to help you!