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There are many routine dental procedures that prevent tooth decay, but professional dental cleanings and exams are among the most important. Dental exams themselves are a form of prevention because they help you and your dentist catch things before they become serious.

It may be tempting to try some of the techniques used by dentists during professional cleanings, but this can be very dangerous and is highly discouraged. To some, purchasing a teeth scaler, a tool used in professional cleanings, and using it to remove plaque may seem like a good idea. However, it will likely cause severe enamel damage, which will make more frequent visits and possibly even more advanced procedures necessary in the future.

Plaque scalers and other specialized tools may be available in some stores, but should not be used, except by a professional because it takes proper training and practice to learn to use them correctly. Cleaning your teeth is important, but the best way to do this is to brush for two minutes twice daily, to floss and to get professional cleanings on a regular basis.

If you have any questions about routine dental cleanings and other procedures available to keep your smile bright, come in to see us at Samuel D. Knight, DDS in Farr West, Utah. Our dentist, Dr. Samuel D. Knight is available to help you achieve good oral health. To schedule an appointment for a cleaning or an oral examination, please call at 801-731-3200 and speak with one of our friendly staff members.