Teeth Cleaning or Scaling


How much time do you spend for brushing teeth?

Close up portrait of woman hands in front of mirror in bathroom, holding toothpaste and toothbrush, squeezes the toothpaste out of the tube.

Even after brushing twice regularly have you ever thought why your teeth bears hard yellowish brown deposits?

Answer is simple, it’s because your teeth bears calculus over it. And it clearly indicates that you need a professional dental cleaning at the earliest.

How are they formed ?

Plaque is a thin bacterial film that adhere tightly to the teeth. Many a times, plaque can be dealt with regular cleaning and flossing. However, if it sticks around the teeth they may lead way to some
other serious conditions like gum diseases with initial presentation of bleeding gums and destruction of teeth supporting structures in the later and advanced stage.

Unremoved hardened plaque is calculus which is a visible mass of yellow, brown black color. They may get deposited along the gum line as supragingival calculus and below gums as subgingival

You may need the help of a dentist to intervene this stage to remove them from the teeth surface.

What happens when plaque and calculus are not removed?

Plaque and Calculus build-up can cause gingivitis and periodontal diseases (gum diseases). This might then cause gum tissue loosening and weakening, bone loss and teeth loosening.

Moreover the bacteria present in these deposits can also initiate caries on the teeth surface.

So, it is wise to get it removed at the earliest before making the whole scenario worse.

What is scaling and polishing?

The yellowish brown deposits that you may notice over your teeth should be removed professionally by the procedure of scaling.

Scaling helps to remove calculus, plaque, stains and flushes the bacteria present over the teeth surface using a power driven instrument. This is followed by polishing to remove further stains and also smoothen the teeth structure to bring out natural teeth color.

Polished teeth are less likely to retain plaque and stains compared to rough surface.

What to expect soon after the procedure?

You may notice few bleeding spots in your gum line soon after scaling. However it’s quite normal and will completely heal in a day or two. It’s very important to maintain oral hygiene even after professional cleaning, also visit back after 6 months for follow-up appointment.

Also you may encounter post sensitivity issues for a day or two (quite normal after the procedure), if it is severe, sensitivity teeth paste can be used.

Are there any side effects to scaling?

Absolutely no. Some may experience slight jaw discomfort as they keep their mouth open for a long time. Slight bleeding and teeth sensitivity are other issues associated with scaling,

However all these are temporary and will be solved in a day or two.

Here are some warning signs that suggest your child may need a root canal treatment :

Free from waste deposits.
No discoloration as stains are removed.
More socially appealing smile.
No more bad breath.
Prevention to teeth decay.

How long does the Teeth Cleaning procedure take?

It may take from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to completely remove the deposits from the teeth. However, if there is excess of calculus present, the procedure may extend above 30 minutes.

Also, polishing can be done after scaling to smoothen and polish the teeth.


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