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Your oral health is important to Dr. Michael King and our Team Dental at River Oaks and Burke dental team, which is why we strongly recommend that you avoid using the following products to clean your smile:

Over-the-counter scalers
Yes, a scaler is the only tool that can properly remove the plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth. However, the only way a scaler is effective is if you know how to properly use it, and the only people who know how to use it are dental hygienists and dentists. So, please do not use an over-the-counter scaler to clean your teeth.

Hard-bristled toothbrushes
If you believe a hard-bristled toothbrush can safely clean your smile, you could not be more off base. In fact, a hard-bristled toothbrush tends to alter your oral health by wearing your tooth enamel and irritating your gums. A soft-bristled toothbrush is your best option because it safely and effectively cleans your teeth and cares 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.

If you refrain from using these products, your oral health and smile will remain in tip-top shape and you won’t suffer the many consequences that come along with these tools. If you use the best and most successful oral hygiene products available, you’ll be on the right track and you’ll have a better chance at achieving your smile goals. For more information about oral hygiene in Burke, Virginia, call 703-801-6166 now and schedule an appointment with your dentist. We are happy to help you!