We all know that brushing your teeth is an essential part of good oral hygiene. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't put too much thought into the act of brushing their teeth and end up doing a superficial job. Other times, even when you clean your teeth properly at home, you may still notice plaque buildup and need professional cleaning.
Why is that important? Because plaque build-up can lead to teeth sensitivity, bad breath, and gum diseases.
If you have a high amount of plaque and tartar, then a regular dental cleaning may not be enough. That's when the dentist may recommend teeth scaling.
What Is Tooth Scaling
While a regular dental cleaning only focuses on the surface of the teeth, scaling is a procedure that reaches deep below the gum line to remove the plaque and tartar.
We all have some amount of plaque on our teeth. The bacteria in our mouths and our saliva create a thin layer that covers our teeth. When we eat, food particles tend to stick to this layer. With proper oral care, we can keep plaque at bay. But, if you neglected your oral hygiene and you are starting to develop gum disease, then scaling may be needed to completely remove the plaque build-up and restore your oral health.
The frequency of teeth scaling largely depends on your oral health. In some cases, your dentist may recommend you to have the procedure done every six months.
How Does It Work
Your dentist will use a tool, very likely an ultrasonic one, to reach deep into the gum line. The instrument will start vibrating and the motion will dislodge the tartar.
You will feel a bit of discomfort during the procedure, especially if you have sensitive gums. Your dentist may offer a local anesthetic to help ease some of your discomforts. Your dentist may also recommend dividing the procedure over several visits to lessen your discomfort and do a thorough job.
Advantages of Tooth Scaling
Teeth scaling can stop gum disease from progressing and turning into periodontal disease. People with periodontal disease are at a higher risk of tooth loss.
Moreover, teeth scaling will also help remove stains from your enamel and give you a beautiful, white smile.
Your gums may feel a bit sore and sensitive after teeth scaling. You may experience these sensations, especially when drinking hot or cold beverages. You should use desensitizing toothpaste and a special mouthwash to help minimize the discomfort.
Of course, you should also be mindful of your oral health and properly clean your teeth and gums.
Over to You
At Columbia River Dental, you can get professional and high-quality dental care from a team of dentists who are passionate about what they do.
Contact us now to book your appointment with us.