WHAT IT IS
A scale and polish procedures that cleans teeth thoroughly.
Scaling removes the hard tartar which forms on teeth (much like scale in a kettle). You can’t remove it just by brushing your teeth. Scaling also removes trapped food and plaque that contain germs. These can cause tooth decay and gum disease. There are two ways to scale teeth.
Hand scalers: These come in different sizes and shapes, to reach different parts of your teeth.
Electric scalers: These use rapid vibrations with water. The water is sucked out of the mouth. A hand scaler is used to check whether the teeth are completely clean.
Stains from coffee, tea, cigarettes or red wine are also removed when the dentist polishes the teeth.
- Regular scaling and polishing helps keep teeth and gums healthy and makes it easier for you to keep your teeth clean at home. You can see and feel the difference.
- If your gums bleed when you brush, you may have early gum disease. Regular scaling helps in preventing gum disease from getting worse.
- Gum disease can cause bad breath, which can be prevented by regular scaling and by cleaning teeth thoroughly at home.