Tooth Polishing
Scaling/ Tooth Polishing

Tooth Polishing is the act of smoothing the tooth surface. The purpose of polishing is to make it difficult for plaque to accumulate on the tooth surface area. Common practice is to use a prophy cup (a small motorized cup) along with an abrasive polishing compound.

Tooth Scaling is a process by which plaque and calculus are removed from both supragingival and subgingival tooth surface.

The scale and polish are very effective in preventing teeth and gum problems from even starting, since the scaling and polishing makes the teeth surfaces extremely smooth, in the process making it difficult for food debris and plaque to stick to the surfaces and cause tooth decay or gum diseases.

Need for Dental Scaling and Polishing

Dental scaling and polishing is important to ensure that the plaque and tartar that may have built up on the surface of teeth over time are removed thoroughly. The teeth are continuously exposed to saliva, which has calcium that helps strengthen teeth; however, the calcium can also build up as deposits on the surface of the teeth. These calcium deposits, when left to build up and combined with food debris that are not removed through tooth brushing, can cause bacteria to multiply, and may lead to tooth decay and gum diseases.