Can I use professional dental instruments to clean my own teeth?

Q: I brush and floss, but somehow I still always end up with a lot of tartar my dentist has to scrape off when I see him. I’ve seen those metal dental scraper instruments for sale, and I’ve been thinking of getting some for myself so I can scrape off the tartar before it builds up. Is that a good idea?

A: No, it’s not. Your dentist is trained to use dental instruments, and if you try to use them yourself you could do a lot of damage to your teeth and gums. Talk to your dentist about proper brushing and flossing, so you can be sure to remove plaque before it hardens into tartar. If you’re brushing and flossing right, you shouldn’t have a lot of tartar build up when you see your dentist.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees children and adults in Culver City and serves the greater Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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