WHAT IS SCALING AND POLISHING?
Scaling is a common dental procedure to remove hardened plaque, also known as calculus, which causes teeth damage and gum disease. As this procedure may leave the teeth rough, it involves polishing at the end to smoothen your teeth out.
BENEFITS OF SCALING AND POLISHING
Whiter Looking Teeth
Scaling and polishing not only improves your oral hygiene, but also helps with enhancing your smile aesthetically. For those looking for additional teeth whitening treatments, Dentists Co offers in-clinic laser teeth whitening as well as homekit whitening solutions.
Removes Dental Tartar
When accumulated dental plaque combines with the minerals found in saliva, it forms dental tartar. Dental tartar cannot be removed through regular brushing and can only be removed through scaling and polishing. If left untreated, dentar tartar will permanently stain teeth and eventually lead to gum disease.
Prevents Gum Disease
Gum disease is a common oral health issue that many people may not even realise they have. The two main types of gum disease include gingivitis and periodontitis (a more severe form of the former).
Common symptoms of gum disease include bleeding of the gums, pain when chewing and swollen gums. If left untreated, gingivitis gradually evolves into periodontitis, which can lead to other oral health complications such as gum recession, bone loss in the jaw and premature tooth loss.
SCALING AND POLISHING PROCESS
Regular scaling and polishing treatments every six months will help you to maintain a clean and healthy set of gums and teeth.
Your dentist will scale your teeth to remove calculus with a combination of hand and motorised instruments. Plaque deposits and tartar that are removed during the scaling treatment cannot be removed by brushing alone.
After your scaling, your dentist will polish your teeth using a high speed brush or rubber cup with special cleaning pastes. The polishing process will remove any stains from your teeth which may have accumulated over time, giving it a natural shine. A stronger stain remover tool known as “prophy-jet” may also be used to eliminate stubborn stains.
Scaling and polishing should not hurt, but you may feel a slight discomfort in your mouth during the treatment. If the discomfort becomes unbearable, you may request for local anaethesia from your dentist.
Yes. While thorough brushing and regular flossing helps to reduce the buildup of plaque, toothbrushes and floss cannot reach certain small spaces between the teeth. Plaque can accumulate in these spaces and harden to form tartar, and these can only be removed by scaling. Stains on the teeth that can only be removed by polishing could also lead to oral complications if left untreated.
As you continue practicing good oral hygiene habits to prevent gum diseases and tooth decay, make sure to go for regular dental visits to maintain cleaner teeth and healthier gums in the long run.
Yes. For patients looking for additional teeth whitening treatment, Dentists Co offers in-clinic laser teeth whitening as well as homekit whitening solutions.
It is not advisable to go for scaling without polishing. Scaling removes all the dirt from your teeth, but polishing helps to prevent future teeth problems and gum disease while enhancing the shine of your smile.
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