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What is dental scaling and polishing?
Over time, even with good teeth cleaning, plaque and tartar can attach to the teeth similar to lime build-up in a kettle or iron. The saliva fluids in our mouths contain calcium and bacteria. The bacteria part that sticks to the teeth is the plaque and the calcium deposit combined with the bacteria is the tartar. When plaque builds up on the teeth, it causes bacterial growth on the teeth and gums that can cause decay and gum disease. Scaling is the dental treatment used to remove the plaque and tartar, and polishing is the treatment to smooth and shine the teeth so that calcium and bacteria cannot as easily attach to the tooth surface.
Who needs dental scaling and polishing?
All of us at some point need to have our teeth scaled of plaque and tartar build-up, and then polished to reduce the rate of further deposits. As part of good oral hygiene standards, it is recommended to visit the dentist every six months for teeth cleaning and to check up on your overall oral health.
How does dental scaling and polishing contribute to good oral health?
By removing the plaque build-up of bacteria, it reduces tartar and the possibility of tooth decay and gum disease. The bacteria that causes decay and gum disease, and that thrives on tartar accumulation, is less likely to attach to calcium deposits if the teeth are scaled, cleaned and polished with a smooth tartar-free surface.
Is it safe not to have dental scaling and polishing?
Dental scaling and polishing is recommended to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and may be necessary every six months depending on the oral condition of a patient. Choosing not to visit a dentist regularly, and therefore not to have dental scaling and polishing, can result in excessive tartar build-up, tooth decay and gum diseases. Teeth may rot and fall out or need extracting.
The infection can spread to other teeth and to the rest of the body via the root canals and blood vessels. Infection poses not only the danger of losing teeth but also nerve damage and jaw irregularities that affect facial features and appearance. Have teeth properly cleaned contributes to improved oral and overall health, and builds self-confidence because of an appealing appearance.