While there are things your dentist will advise you to do at home to keep your teeth healthy (i.e. brushing & flossing) some procedures and tools are best left to the hands of a trained professional. Miss-using dental devices can cause more harm than good. So before you pick up those dental forceps, read on!
With sites like Amazon and eBay, medical and dental instruments are readily available for purchase by any consumer. While tools like Scalers (used by dentists and dental hygienists to remove plaque and tartar) may seem easy to use, the improper use of these instruments can lead to serious problems for your teeth. Tooth sensitivity, infection of the gums, and tooth chipping are all potential risks.
Teeth-whitening is another area in which we see patients attempting treatment at home. While there are great products out there today that are designed to be used at home, other products, often sold online, are meant for professional use. Speak with your dentist before purchasing a whitening product; she’ll be able to advise you on the best option for your teeth. Whether you choose a product from the local drug store, or buy something directly from your dentist, be sure to follow the directions! Side effects of whitening include tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. [How to get a whiter, brighter smile]
The best way to ensure the health of your teeth is to visit your dentist regularly. Be sure to address any concerns you have during your appointment. In between dental visits, remember to brush and floss!