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Did you know that many oral hygiene tools and products that can actually damage your smile? Our Southport Dental dental team wants you to be informed about possible hazards, so that next time you go shopping for an oral health product, you’ll know what to avoid.

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 use this tool to eliminate the plaque and tartar from their teeth, but if these tools are used outside of a professional context, they can lead to tooth chips, tooth sensitivity, and receded and infected gums. This can also mean gum disease, because instead of being removed, tartar is frequently pushed below the gumline. The only people who should use a scaler to clean your teeth are Dr. Larry Hemby and his dental team.

Toothbrushes with hard bristles can also be unsafe for your smile. They do not efficiently clean your teeth and gums like you might believe. In fact, they harm your smile by wearing down tooth enamel and can even irritate your gums, leading to major dental issues such as tooth decay and sensitivity. The best tool to clean your teeth is a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Lastly, you’ll want to evade using products that don’t have the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. The right to use the ADA Seal requires the rigorous testing of oral hygiene products for their safety and efficacy. If you use products that do not have this stamp of approval, you may be placing your teeth and gums in danger.

Want to learn more about the harmful oral hygiene tools in Southport, North Carolina? Please remember that you can always call our office at 910-457-5026. Dr. Larry Hemby and our dental team are more than pleased to help you in any way we can. We’re eager to hear from you!