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I had let my teeth go far too long between dentist visits and had the tartar and gum problems to prove it. I saw these in Boots and thought that it was worth a go, especially as it was so reasonable priced.
I paid £4.75. Unfortunately, Boots seem to have prioritised selling their not quite as robust own brand version and these are now hard to find there even in the larger branches. However, the internet, as ever, can supply the need. Amazon do sell these packs for £5.97 for the two tools and mirror - so less than two pounds per item - which is still great value.
This set includes the scaler needed to scrape tartar and plaque away from the teeth and gumline. It and the denatal pick are both made of soft steel, which is soft enough not to damage enamel - even sensitive and damaged enamel like mine - while being tough enough to do the job even on very old and very hard tartar. Even after tackling long standing tartar, these remain sharp enough to continuing working. This task is all made much easier by the angled mirror which lets you see exactly what you are doing.
The good quality soft steel also makes it much easier to keep clean and hygenic with some boiling water, while the plastic handles are comfortable in the hand even in some of the more odd positions they have to go in to get at plaque and tartar in the back of the mouth.
A dental hygenist tackling all the built up problems would be really expensive and more than a little bloody as it would all have to be tackled at one time and in batches. With these beauties, I could tackle each tooth and problem area in stages and give my poor teeth and gums a rest when they started to protest.
With this little but often approach I got rid of almost all my visible tartar, which enabled me to start flossing properly. As a result of this and some great toothpaste (reviewed elsewhere) my gingivitis is healed in many areas and massively reduced in others. Without the tartar to cling on to, plaque is easier to shift and to stop causing new problems. If it worked and is continuing to work for me, it could well work for you.
The steel is soft but as it still hard and sharp enough to do the job you will need to be careful while de-scaling your teeth not to nick your gums. It is also essential to clean these between uses. But with this in mind - the best investment in my teeth ever.
And gives gum recovery at a very reasonable price.
I bought the Dentek Scaler & Pick on a whim in Boots as it was 3 for 2 on all dental care and surprisingly it has proven to be one of my best whim purchases to date.
The Dentek Scaler & Pick come with an anti-fog mirror enabling you to see exactly what you're doing to your teeth, and the areas that require attention. All three items come in one plastic pack with a cardboard back which displays instructions for use. It's therefore probably worth hanging on to the packaging or having a read of it before tearing it open. Particularly important is the warning that material removed from the mouth using these instruments can cause clotting in some people if swallowed, so rinse mouth thoroughly at regular intervals during use and after use!
The dental pick and dental scaler are made from a special softer steel designed to pose no threat to tooth enamel. As you are using the tools you can feel them flex if you press too hard which helps to reassure that the scraping will not be damaging your teeth. The dental pick has a sharper curve than the scaler and is specially angled to pick out annoying trapped particles. The scaler is recognisable from its shallower curved tip and is designed to be gently drawn upwards away from the gum towards the biting edge of the tooth, with the top of the curve against the tooth. It helps to remove plaque, tartar and stains.
These are really handy little tools for taking care of your teeth between visits to the dentist. You may not always be able to witness them doing anything, particularly if you already have very clean teeth, but they are especially handy for getting at the back edges of the teeth, or the nooks and crannies towards the back teeth that are not always easily reachable with a toothbrush.
Personally I feel that everyone should have a set of these tools as although perhaps you may not use them that often, they definitely come in handy for occasional tooth maintenance. At £5.99 for the set they may seem a little pricey but I have seen the tooth picks being sold for £2.99 on their own, and in this set you get a mirror and scaler for only £3 extra. Worth noting perhaps is that with items such as these it is worth choosing a quality brand that specifies that the tools have been made with a soft steel, otherwise you could risk damage to your teeth!
These are great little tools, very ergonomic with easy to grip handles. Definitely worth investing in a set as a little extra maintenance could save you some hefty dentist bills in the future.
A slightly strange thing to review maybe, but I came across these a few weeks ago and thought I'd give them a go and review them because it's a cheaper way to be your own dentist at home & see some instant results.
Dentek are a popular and expert brand with a range of dental care products, which my dentist gave the thumbs up for. I've seen similar non-branded versions of dental scalers, some of which have been very cheap in pound shops. I opted for Dentek even though it's more expensive, because I didn't want to risk doing further damage to my teeth. I trust that the metal used by Dentek is quality and is shaped in such a way that is designed for personal use, and I didn't want to risk cheap metal that may be too sharp or blunt and damage the enamel on my teeth.
This is a set of 3 items: A dental scaler, dental pick, and a mirror on top of a long stick. Looking at them, they look very similar to what you'd find your dentist use. It comes with a cardboard back which has the instructions, and a hard plastic covering on the front.
Once you've opened the packet up, it's a good idea to read through the instructions rather than just take to your teeth like a maniac. I thought it should be nice and simple, just use where you can see any stains or plaque, but to get the best results without causing damage there are certain ways of angling the sticks and using them.
Both sticks have long plastic handles and a metal 'scaler' or 'pick' at the top.
The scaler is the flatter metal, and Dentek claims this 'effectively removes plaque, tartar, and stains to keep teeth white'. The dental pick is more curved with a sharper point, and this 'safely dislodges food particles and plaque between teeth'. Personally, I think that it's best to brush your teeth, use mouthwash and floss first. These are more for tackling plaque and stains.
Both instruments are made from 'soft steel', designed to clean teeth safely without damaging tooth enamel.
How To Use: Scaler - hold pick so top of curve is flat against tooth, gentle pull away from gum line toward the biting edge of tooth. Pick - start at gum line between teeth and gently pull away from gum. This is easier said than done, and requires a few tries and a bit of patience, because you don't want to push to hard or go too quickly and have an accident. There are also simple diagrams on the back of the cardboard with these instructions.
If you have visible signs of plaque then these should do the trick, and even if you don't they should help to ensure that between and around your teeth and kept free from it. There is a warning on the back that you should be careful not to swallow anything that's removed, noting that some 'elements in dental plaque may cause clotting/increased risk of heart disease in some people'. It's therefore best to use in the bathroom and rinse your mouth afterwards. The picks should also be washed, but using warm water and then allowing them to air dry.
These cost around £5.99 in Boots, though I found mine in the reduced section for £2.99. At £6, they're quite pricey, but when it comes to taking care of your gnashers it seems like a reasonable investment. I would recommend these in addition to your dental hygiene routine, (for adults only), though they take a bit of time to get used to.
Contains a dental scaler to remove plaque, tartar and stains and an interdental pick to remove annoying food particles /