As more oral health product manufacturers introduce dental instruments to the consumer market, more patients are seeking treatment as a result of misuse of these devices, reports the Academy of General Dentistry.
Some dental instruments advertised in magazines and sold in pharmacies resemble scalers – instruments used by dentists and dental hygienists for removing tartar and other deposits from the tooth surface. The improper use of these products can easily harm your gums and teeth, leading to sensitivity, gum recession, infection of the gums, tooth chipping and other problems. Misuse of the devices can also lead to periodontal (gum) abscesses when tartar is pushed under the gum line.
Dentists and hygienists have had years of education and training in the proper use of these instruments to clean teeth and remove tartar, and trying to clean your teeth with these instruments at home will most likely do more harm than good. Rather than attempt to advise patients on proper use of these devices, dentists and hygienists usually tell their patients it is safest to avoid using them at all.
Pacific dental group suggest you that Regular professional cleaning is more effective than using over-the-counter dental instruments to pick at your teeth. In between dental visits, the best way to clean your teeth is by brushing and flossing.