Everything You Need To Know About Scaling And Polishing of Teeth
Many people feel Dental Cleaning is only beneficial to those who are concerned about their appearance. But this is not true! Scaling and Polishing of teeth help most people. This blog will help you to know how and why teeth scaling is important.
What is Teeth Cleaning?
Often Plaque and Tartar accumulate in your teeth and gum line. It will not be cleaned by normal brushing or flossing. The dentist uses ultrasonic devices to remove these deposits. This process makes your teeth clean and prevents cavity.
Why it is necessary?
Plaque is the sticky layer which constantly forms on your teeth. The plaque should be cleaned daily with Flossing and Brushing. When this plaque sits for a long time on your teeth without being washed away it forms a layer called tartar. It’s the dirty looking layer of mineral deposits. Once it forms you cannot clean it with regular brushing activity. Professional Scaling is only the rescue at this stage.
This procedure is essential to remove the plaque and tartar layer from your teeth. If it is not cleaned then it will start to cause cavities.
Dr. Rupali Gujar Dental Director at Sabka dentist says “Many people develop tartar layer even after the careful brushing activity. Hence a regular cleaning procedure is essential to prevent the carries.”
How often should you get it done?
Your dentist can tell you how often you need to get it done. Most dentists recommend twice a year routine. If you maintain good oral hygiene exceptionally well, some of them recommend that you get it done once a year.
How is it done?
Ultrasonic scalers are widely used in the scaling procedure. An ultrasonic scaler consists of a hand-piece with a variety of tips which are used depending on the type of tartar being removed. The tip of the device vibrates at a very fast rate and removes the tartar and stains from the outer surface of the tooth.
Will it be painful? Will there be bleeding?
If there are only superficial tartar deposits, it may not be painful. If there are deep deposits, your dentist will usually use local anesthesia before the procedure. There may be slight bleeding as the plaque and tartar normally cause gum soreness and touching highly inflamed gums can cause bleeding.
“I’ve heard that teeth become loose after the procedure. Is it true?”
This is a common MYTH. The tooth may appear to be ‘loose’ after the procedure especially if you are suffering from periodontal disease. However, this isn’t because of the procedure. Even though there is a loss of supporting structures like the gums and bone, the tartar surrounding the teeth may hold the teeth together and give a false sense of stability. When this tartar is eliminated the teeth lose their ‘faux anchors’ and it may seem loose.
“Will it be sufficient to reverse my gum disease?”
In case of initial stages of gum disease, teeth cleaning or scaling may be all you need. However, if the gum disease has progressed to further stages like periodontitis, further treatment may be required. Get regular scaling and polishing done for a brighter and healthier smile.
Dr. Priyanka Shingore Dental director at Sabka dentist says “Many oral problems start with the overgrowth of the bacteria. Regular cleaning activity destroys its shelter called tartar and prevents the enamel from the attack.”
- Getting Your Teeth Cleaned May Help Your Heart- WebMD
- What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?- Healthline
- Scaling and Root Planing- American Dental Association
Dr Fatima Zuhara Shaikh is a bachelor of dental surgery. She has graduated from TPCT’s Terna Dental College,Navi Mumbai. She is well versed with general dentistry. She has special interest in Endodontic procedures. She is currently practising in Colaba.