Professional dental scaling and polishing is an extension of your teeth-brushing process, wherein we clean up those areas that are generally hard to reach by your brush.
Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. Routine dental scaling and polishing is a procedure that removes all the plaque, tartar and calculus deposit, including stains on the surface of your teeth. These deposits usually show up from time to time and require removal at regular intervals.
The recommended time between each dental cleaning is usually every six months, unless stated by our dentists for exclusive care due to advanced gum problems.
Scaling and Polishing, which we call as dental cleaning is also referred to as prophylaxis.It’s a Greek word which means “to prevent beforehand” – in this case, it helps prevent gum disease.
Routine dental cleaning is not painful at all. In fact, professional dental scaling and polishing is an extension of your teeth-brushing process, wherein we clean up those areas that are generally hard to reach by your brush. However, certain areas of your mouth could get a bit sensitive and there may be obvious reasons for it. If so, our expert dentist will use a numbing gel to help you ease the pain.
Normally, there’s no bleeding if your gums are healthy. Regular dental cleaning every six months, along with proper tooth brushing and flossing will help you maintain healthy gums and teeth that will not bleed.
Having an active oral healthcare routine also helps in reducing sensitivity during the procedure.
Yes, dental scaling is one of the safest procedures in dentistry.
With our gentle approach, your teeth are well looked after during the procedure. We follow strict infection control protocols and make sure that our staff members are extensively trained and monitored to maintain a safe environment for our valuable patients. The tips and instruments used for teeth cleaning are designed to only remove debris, without damaging the tooth surface.
The duration of the procedure depends on the amount of debris on the tooth surface as well as the length of the interval since your last visit to the dentist. On an average, the treatment could take anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes.
In general, yes, you can.
However, we advise you to refrain from eating or drinking any colourful food items for a day, as they can stain your teeth even though you’ve just got them polished.