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DIY Hygiene Kits Are Trending, But They Are a Terrible Idea

June 20, 2018
Posted By: Western Prosthodontic Centre
Dental Tools | Western Prosthodontic Centre

Dentists and oral health therapists spend many hours learning how to care for teeth and gums without harming them. With all of the products available online today, you might think it’s okay to skip a visit or two to your dentist in West Perth.

If you have seen the adverts on social media and through discount companies online, you might have noticed the DIY dental cleaning kits available. Here is why these are a terrible idea.

You Could Hurt Yourself

The small metal pieces found in these home hygiene kits are sharp and can slip, easily damaging your gum tissue. If you cut your gums or puncture the delicate tissue inside your mouth, an infection can develop. Infections in the gums may cause periodontal disease, inflammation and even bone loss.

You Might Damage Your Enamel

Enamel is strong, but it can soften depending on the foods you eat. Using sharp instruments without the proper training may mean that you cause abrasions to your enamel or even chip your teeth.

You Are Not Getting a Thorough Cleaning

Home cleaning kits do not contain the necessary instruments to clean just below the gumline, where gum disease develops. Poking below the gumline without proper training and certification can cause irreversible damage and can hurt.

Your Dentist Is a Professional You Can Trust

At Western Prosthodontic Centre, we customise your dental cleans to make sure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Every clean with your dentist in West Perth is an opportunity for a clean slate.

You will receive advice and suggestions to help you care for your teeth at home without sharp, dangerous instruments. Don’t take your oral health into your own hands, give us a call to book your next dental appointment and we will look after your best interests and your smile.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.