Scaling and polishing, also commonly known as teeth cleaning is one of the most basic dental treatment. Despite brushing and flossing after every meal, plaque and tartar will still build up on your teeth after eating, and this may result in serious gum diseases or tooth decay in a long run. Thus, it is necessary to go for routine check-ups and cleaning by dental professionals.
What exactly happens during scaling and polishing?
“Scaling” is the process of removing hardened plaque and tartar (calculus ) stuck to your teeth using our ultrasonic scalers. This instrument removes unwanted dirt by knocking them out using its ultrasonic vibrations. It can remove tartar way faster than just using manual hand scaler in the past.
“Polishing” on the other hand is the use of a spinning polishing cup/brush to remove plaque and stains on the surface of your teeth.
To end off the scaling and polishing session, your dentist may apply a concentrated fluoridated gel on your teeth, if required. This gel comes in various flavours such as raspberry, and the purpose of this gel is to aid in the prevention of tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from bacteria in our mouth.
In the past, many people avoid scaling and polishing because they believe that scraping the teeth is bad, or because they experienced sensitivity or receding gums after treatment. However, these are just common misconceptions. There is no cause for worries when you are in the hands of qualified professionals who are trained to perform this task without causing any harm to your teeth.
How often should you visit your dentist for scaling and polishing?
The most common answer will be once every 4-6 months, but this may not be always true. There are many factors that determine how often you should have your teeth cleaned, and the most important factor will be the condition of your oral hygiene. Length of dental maintenance intervals are customized according to each individual’s oral condition. Remember, your dentist can only help you when you come for your appointment. Early intervention and preventive treatment is the best option to protect your teeth.