It seems you can buy just about anything online these days, and that includes do-it-yourself dental kits. It might be tempting to lay out a few bucks for an over-the-counter kit that includes tools to scrape away your own tartar—thus skipping the hassle of a visit to the dentist—but for many reasons, these kits are a bad idea.

Your dentist in Green Bay, Dr. Chad Yenchensky has a list of specifics as to why you should just say no to any kind of do-it-yourself dentistry.

1. You Can Cause Damage to Your Gums

Dental instruments that are sharp enough to scrape off plaque have plenty of potential of poking delicate gum tissue and causing an injury. These tools are only safe in the well-trained hands of a dental hygienist.

2. You Can Damage Your Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is a strong substance, but it is still susceptible to damage. You can easily scratch the surface of your tooth, leaving it open for bacteria to enter and decay or infection to develop.

3. You Could Swallow Something You Shouldn’t

Chances are these do-it-yourself dental instruments that you find at a bargain are not well made. A piece could easily break off, and you could end up inhaling or swallowing something you shouldn’t have. You could end up in the emergency room or in the operating room to have it removed.

It’s best to steer clear of coupon sites advertising inexpensive DIY dental hygiene kits. Maintaining good oral health with regular exams and cleanings is affordable—and safe when they are done professionally at your dentist office.

Call FoxView Dental Today

Don’t risk your oral health by trying do-it-yourself dentistry. Call your dentist in Green Bay, Dr. Yenchensky, to have your teeth cleaned by a professional dental hygienist. Your teeth and gums will thank you!