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Your smile can help you do many things, like talk, eat, bite, laugh, and speak. However, that’s only the case if you take good care of it. Therefore, you need to make sure to avoid the damaging oral hygiene tools in the world today.

A dental scaler is one of the only tools that can completely, safely, and effectively remove the plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth, but that’s only the case if you know how to properly use it. The only people who know how to use this tool are dental professionals like Dr. Spear and your dental hygienists. So, please do not use an over-the-counter dental scaler to clean the surfaces of your teeth.

Hard-bristled toothbrushes are also dental products that are misunderstood. They tend to sound tough and effective because of the hard bristles, but that is not the case. The hard bristles are harmful to your mouth because they can wear away your tooth enamel (promoting tooth decay and sensitivity) and irritate the gums (making them move away from your teeth). The best tool to use to clean your smile is a soft-bristled toothbrush. This tool safely and effectively cleans your teeth and takes good care of your oral tissues.

Lastly, you should avoid using products that don’t have the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. The ADA tests oral hygiene products for their safety and effectiveness in an oral hygiene routine. If the product passed the test, it receives the right to print the ADA seal of approval on the label. If you use smile-cleaning tools that do not have this stamp of approval, you could be putting your teeth and gums in danger.

If you avoid cleaning your smile with an over-the-counter scaler, a hard-bristled toothbrush, and non-ADA-approved products, you’ll be on the right track toward the healthy and pristine smile you deserve. For more information about oral hygiene tools in Fort Worth, Texas, please call Brent A. Spear, DDS at your earliest convenience. Our dental team will be happy to help you, and we look forward to hearing from you!