Scaling refers to removing the dirt accumulated over the surface of teeth. The
bacteria present in the mouth cause the formation of plaque which
accumulates over a period of time and forms hard calculus. You may have
noticed hard deposits especially on the back surface of your lower teeth.
Sometimes these deposits also give a bad breath and are the top cause of pyorrhea. At this stage it is difficult to remove tartar by brushing alone and
professional cleaning is indicated.
In the 10 years of our practice, we have received this question countless
number of times. Contrary to the popular belief that some people have- Scaling
does not weaken your teeth. Scaling is done with an Ultrasonic machine which
is designed “not to cut but vibrate” over the surface of your teeth. It is
completely safe and highly recommended for healthy gums.
Scaling gently removes plaque tartar and surface stains to bring out the natural
colour of your teeth. Although there is a considerable improvement in shade, it
just reveals your natural shade. Tooth whitening is a completely different
cosmetic procedure in which chemical agents are applied to “bleach” the teeth
and whiten them
Scaling, when done cautiously is not painful. In patients with advanced gum
disease (pyorrhea) wherein there is naturally spongy painful gums, anaesthetic
numbing gels can be applied to ease the discomfort.’
Tooth polishing is a procedure to smoothen the surface of the teeth
after scaling procedure. Polished teeth accumulate less dirt and
debris and improve long-term gum health. The procedure involves
a rubber cup and a mild polishing paste to give a smooth clean feel
to the teeth. Both Scaling and polishing go hand in hand!