Three Over-the-Counter Dental Instruments to Avoid

Did you know that there are oral hygiene tools available in the world today that could damage and harm your teeth and gums? Well, it’s true! It’s very important to use the right tools to clean your smile, and our Oak mountain dental team is here to help you find those tools. Whatever you do, please do not use the following instruments to clean your chompers:


If you think you can remove the plaque and tartar from your smile with an over-the-counter scaler, you could not be more off base. Without knowing how to properly use a scaler, your teeth could become chipped, your gums could become irritated, your teeth could become sensitive, and your gums could develop abscesses. The only people who should be using a scaler are your dental hygienist and your dentist.


Hard-bristled toothbrushes are harmful products that can damage your teeth and gums if you let them. Many people believe that the hard bristles remove the plaque more efficiently, but that is not the case. Soft-bristled toothbrushes safely and effectively clean your smile all while taking care of the gums.


The American Dental Association seal of approval is something to look for on all oral hygiene products. This stamp means that the product is safe and effective. If the product does not have this stamp, your smile might be in danger if you use it.

To learn more about oral hygiene in Pocatello, ID, and the tools you need to use to properly clean your smile, call 208-237-6453 and talk to a member of our caring dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Jake Richards, if you have any smile concerns. We are here to help you if you just call our office now!