Scaling and Polishing, commonly known as cleaning teeth, is a term used to remove tartar, plaque and stains from the gums and to polish the tooth surface to delay plaque and tartar re-deposition. Plaque and calculus are the most important local stimuli of periodontal disease.
Due to the consumption of some foods and colored drinks, some pigments will accumulate on the teeth. After the treatment is completed, the surface of the tooth needs to be smoothed with a rubber cup and a polishing paste to slow the adhesion of the plaque and the formation of tartar.
For a more heavy stains surface, our doctors will use a specialized prophylaxis method called Air-Flow to brush away the hard layers on your tooth, leaving them shiny and stain-free.
Benefits of Scale & Polish
- Healthier Gum - Routine oral cleaning helps remove tartar and calculus build up that may cause gum diseases and other oral issue
- Reduce Bad Breath - Decomposition of leftover foods by bacteria can produce sulfur and other irritating odors. Regular oral cleaning can help reduce and prevent recurrence.
- Remove Pigments - Scale and Polish can effectively remove pigments on the surface of tooth and restore your original tooth color
General Cleaning and Root Planning
Frequently Asked Question
How long is the treatment duration?
Scaling and Polishing may take up to 30 minutes or more depends on the amount of calculus and stains need to be removed.
Do I feel pain or sensitive during or after the procedure?
No, normal healthy gum shouldn’t be feeling any soreness or pain during or after the cleaning progress. However certain individual with inflamed gum may feel irritation and discomfort during the progress. You may request our dentist to apply numbing gel or local anesthesia to ease them out.
What is those "Grits" feeling I have?
The grits feeling or taste in mouth is probably leftover prophy pastes, an abbreviation of prophylaxis that refers to the protective, disease-preventing effects of tooth cleaning and polishing.
How long should I revisit for another session?
The recommended visit of oral checkup and cleaning is at least TWICE per year. This is to ensure your teeth deposit the least amount of tartar and bacteria buildup that could lead to further damage.