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As you search for tools to clean your smile, it’s best to look for the products that are safe and effective. However, not all products are that way. There are some instruments that can harm and damage your teeth and gums. To help you avoid these tools, our Jacqueline S. Reid DDS team suggests staying away from the following instruments:

Over-the-counter scalers
A scaler is a tool that can remove the plaque and tartar from your smile. However, the only way this tool is helpful is if it’s properly used, and the only people who know how to use it are your dental hygienists and your dentist. Using this tool on your own can result in many dental issues, like sensitive teeth, chipped teeth, irritated gums, gum abscesses, and gum infections. So, it’s best to avoid personal use of this tool.

Hard-bristled toothbrushes
Hard-bristled toothbrushes are not as effective as they sound. In fact, they tend to wear the tooth enamel and irritate the gums each time you brush. The best tool to use while brushing your smile is a soft-bristled toothbrush. This instrument will thoroughly clean your teeth all while caring for your gums.

Products that are not approved by the ADA
The American Dental Association is an organization that helps you know which products are best for your oral health. The ADA tests products for safety and effectiveness and if those products pass those tests, they receive a stamp of approval. If a product does not have this stamp of approval, it could be extremely dangerous for your smile.

Now that you know all about the worst products for your smile, Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid and our team expect you to properly take care of your oral health each day! For more information about the best dental care products in Chatham, New Jersey, call 973.635.9456 today. We also recommend scheduling an appointment with your dentist if you’re due for a dental cleaning and exam. We look forward to helping you!