Scaling and Polishing
Regular professional cleaning (scaling and polishing) is essential in keeping your teeth as clean as possible. While daily brushing and flossing are no less important, there may be certain areas of the mouth that are hard to reach. Plaque and tartar tend to build up in these hard-to-reach areas.
Some of our patients have mentioned that they have avoided the dentist for a long time because the scaling and polishing visits are often uncomfortable and with lots of sensitivity and bleeding.
Let us reassure you that we will do all that we can to be as gentle as possible and to take into account any negative or traumatic experiences you may have had with scaling done at your previous dentist.
Scaling and polishing is part of your active maintenance visits at Elite Dental.
What are the benefits of scaling & polishing?
Scaling helps to remove plaque, food debris and tartar (calcified plaque, almost like how fossils are formed!) that have built up on your teeth over time. If left to accumulate, these bacterial deposits can cause cavities and swollen, bleeding gums. Polishing helps to remove external stains (from coffee, tobacco, red wine or food) from the surfaces of your teeth.
How is teeth whitening different from polishing?
Polishing, however, simply removes the stains on the surface of the teeth. For teeth,
How often should we have our teeth professionally cleaned?
Active maintenance visits should take place every four to six months. These visits are also important for monitoring dental conditions such as early decay that is painless. If you have been treated for gum disease or had extensive dental treatment, maintenance may need to be as frequent as 3 months.