Warning: Do you use a plaque scraper at home?

Plaque Scraper

Each year more oral health product manufacturers introduce dental instruments to the consumer market that promote the do-it-yourself approach. One of these recently popular tools is a dental scaler, also called a plaque scraper.

The one thing these products are not advertising: improper use of these products can easily harm your gums and teeth.

 

What Is a Plaque Scraper and Why Do We Use It?

Plaque scrapers are the best tool available to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. During what’s known as dental scaling, your dentist removes plaque from the surface of your teeth, roots, and gum lines.

 

Read more about Plaque On Teeth – Causes And Treatment

 

When plaque builds up on your teeth, it can cause some serious dental concerns such as tooth decay and gum disease. It’s important to remove plaque in order to keep your teeth healthy, making it an essential part of your dental cleaning. Signature Smile recommends never attempting to remove plaque at home, especially with a plaque scraper. It should be done by your dentist or dental hygienist.

 

The Dangers of Using a Plaque Scraper at Home

While plaque needs to be removed to care for your teeth properly, it should never be attempted at home. Plaque scraping should always be performed by a dental professional, a dental hygienist, or a dentist.

 

  • Gum Recession: Because plaque scrapers are sharp, improper use can damage the delicate gum tissue. Trauma to the gum tissue of any kind is not only painful, but it can also lead to gum recession.

 

  • Tooth Sensitivity: If your affected gum tissue lowers and exposes the roots of the teeth, you will begin to experience extreme tooth sensitivity.

 

  • Infection: Improper use of plaque scrapers can result in infection. Tartar can be accidentally pushed under the gum line, leading to gum issues and infection.

 

  • Other Mouth Injuries: Plaque scrapers are incredibly sharp. These tools are specialized medical tools, and it takes extensive training to learn how to use them safely and correctly. Improper use could result in injuries to your cheeks, tongue, or other soft tissues inside your mouth.

 

Removing Plaque Safely

If you’re concerned about plaque, visit your dentist. Your dentist can examine your mouth to determine if you have plaque, tartar, or other dental problems that need to be addressed. If necessary, plaque can be removed safely by a trained and licensed dental hygienist.

 

Managing Plaque At Home

While it is not recommended to use a plaque scaler at home, there are many ways to keep your teeth healthy in between professional dental cleanings.

  • Floss. Using dental floss to clean between your teeth once a day is the best way to ensure you are thoroughly cleaning every surface inside your mouth.

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  • Brush. Regularly brush your teeth using a steady and calm motion for two minutes, twice a day. Brushing your teeth about 30 minutes after each meal will help to reduce the amount of plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth.
  • Plaque Specific Toothpaste. Using fluoride toothpaste or a tartar control specific toothpaste will help to repair any damage to your teeth. Fluoride works to protect your enamel against acid and decay.
  • Eat Raw Vegetables. The simple act of chewing raw vegetables can help to clean your teeth when brushing is not available.

Read also: The Best And Worst Foods For Your Teeth

 

  • Mouthrinse. Using mouthwash can help to clean your teeth in the hard-to-reach spaces inside your mouth.
  • Invest in an Electric Toothbrush. Sonic vibrations from an electric toothbrush allow for a superior clean because of their ability to perform a secondary cleansing action for removing plaque easily.

 

Resources: 

colgate.com

cherrywood-dental.com

randental.com

 

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