Dental Scaling and Polishing
Best and the easiest way to keep your teeth healthy is to brush twice a day. Even then there are areas in you teeth where your brush may not reach and in such areas a sticky film called plaque can build up that harbors colonies of bacteria. Over time plaque gets hardened and becomes a tough to remove deposit called tartar. Eventually more plaque will build around these deposits at the gum-lines, causing gum-line to recede.
Dental cleaning and polishing are advised both as a preventive dental procedure against plaque and tartar and also as part of the treatment for gum disease. During cleaning or scaling as it is called in dental terms, ultrasound and specialized manual instruments are used to scrape away plaque and tartar from above and below the gum-line. After scaling, polishing is done to remove stains and also to smoothen the tooth surface to avoid further build up of plaque and tartar.
Sometimes cleaning is recommended more frequently when patients have ceramic crowns and bridges, dental implants (Peri-implant service) and orthodontic braces.
Scaling and polishing can be done regularly according to your Dentist’s advice. This is what the American Dental Association recommends. Again, brushing twice a day, flossing and healthy food consumption are the most important habits for your oral hygiene.