what is scaling?
Dental scaling involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time.
what happens if scaling is not done?
If the scale, or calculus (tartar, as dentists like to call it) is allowed to accumulate on the teeth it will unfortunately provide the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums.
what is the purpose of scaling?
The purpose of the cleaning and polishing is basically to leave the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them and you have a better chance of keeping the teeth clean during your regular home care. Also it leaves your teeth feeling lovely and smooth and clean, which is nice when you run your tongue around them.
How is cleaning done?
The dental hygienist or dentist uses specialized instruments to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. An ultrasonic instrument uses tickling vibrations to knock larger pieces of tartar loose. It also sprays acooling mist of water while it works to wash away debris and keep the area at a proper temperature. Once the larger pieces of tartar are gone, the dental worker will switch to finer hand tools to remove smaller deposits and smoothen the tooth surfaces. Once all the surfaces are smooth, the dental worker may polish your teeth.
Is scaling going to be painful?
Most people find that cleanings are painless. There may be odd zingy sensations, but many people don’t mind as they only last a nanosecond.
How often should i get my teeth cleaned?
Ideally you should visit your dentist every 6 months. However, there are many factors that determine how often you should have your teeth cleaned. As long as long as you have gum disease, there is no doubt that the hygienist is the one best suited to determine how often.