Tartar and plaque formation on teeth are generally the most common reasons for gum disease. Dentists recommend a procedure called ‘teeth scaling’ for prevention of such risks.
When You Should Get scaling Done?
Despite our true efforts, brushing teeth two times every day does not prove to be efficient in removing plaque entirely from the mouth. The plaque that remains after brushing eventually hardens and form tartar or calculus.
This tartar cannot be removed by manual brushing and therefore a dental intervention is required.
How Often Should You get scaling Done?
Dentists recommend teeth scaling to be done once every six months. Depending on the saliva, which is different in every individual’s mouth, the frequency of teeth scaling may also differ. Your dentist can easily guide you on the frequency based on their experience with your teeth cleaning and historical visits.
How Is Scaling Done?
Dental hygienists and dentists use two kinds of scaling instruments for the procedure. They may use either and/or both. These instruments include:
- Hand-Held Instruments: The periodontist or dentist uses a curette and dental scaler to remove the plaque manually from the teeth. These instruments are often used for patients with poor gum health.
- Ultrasonic Instruments: With the help of a vibrating metal tip, these instruments clean away plaque and chips off tartar from teeth. These instruments also include a water spray that washes away the tartar and keeps the metal tip cool.
What Are The Risks Of Not Getting Scaling Done On Time?
Most dentists will scale the teeth as part of a routine cleaning, If you have not had teeth scaling in the last 6 months, you should get it done as soon as possible. The outcome of not getting regular cleaning done may not be apparent right away but if you ignore the tartar deposits on your teeth, it will thicken over time and lead to various symptoms of periodontal and gum disease including tooth loss. Here are a few symptoms to be aware of:
- Sore gums
- Bleeding gums while you brush
- Metallic taste in your mouth
- Bad breath
- Inflamed gums
- Loose teeth
- General sore mouth
What Is The Difference Between Regular Scaling and Periodontal Gum Treatment?
Scaling is a very simple procedure that is performed during teeth cleaning and does not require anesthesia. It also prevents the risk of other gum diseases and usually requires only one visit to the dental office.. Periodontal Scaling as a gum treatment includes clearing tartar and plaque from deeper pockets in order to stop the pockets from getting deeper, your dentist will numb you during this procedure. The procedure for gum treatment may take several visits and local antibiotics may be delivered in the pockets depending on the severity and depth.
What To Expect After Scaling?
Initially, your teeth will feel empty and the gums will feel sensitive. The empty feeling in teeth is caused by the removal of tartar and plaque between the teeth. The sensitivity is also normal and it should subside quickly. Fluoride toothpaste may help with the sensitivity and your dentist will possibly describe you a prescription strength mouth rinse to avoid infections and expedite healing.
Does Scaling Affect Enamel?
The teeth scaling does not impact the enamel. Bad brushing does, so may sure you understand how to brush your teeth properly.