1. What are the advantages of dental scaling?
Dental scaling helps in reducing the pockets that develop between the tooth and the gums. This helps in reduction of bone and tooth loss and also decreases the risk of development of periodontal disease like gum inflammation, tooth caries between two teeth and tooth discolouration.
2. Who needs dental scaling?
Everyone should undergo scaling at regular intervals for preserving gum and tooth health. Certain people who develop plaque and tartar frequently should undergo more often. Scaling should be done once at least every 6 months.
3. Is there any special care needed after scaling?
After dental scaling, regular use of mouth washes is recommended for a few days to weeks to prevent early development of plaque. No other special care is needed.
4. Is dental scaling a painful procedure?
Scaling is a relatively painless procedure. However, some discomfort may be experienced when the plaque is too deep seated within the gums or if the person is undergoing the procedure for the first time. People who have excessive tooth sensitivity too might face some sensation, but it's mild discomfort, not pain.
5. Can I opt for dental scaling treatment if I have diabetes?
If the blood sugar level is well controlled, diabetic patients can undergo scaling. In poorly controlled sugar levels, there is a risk of delayed healing and hence it is not recommended until blood sugar is within optimum limits.
The two most common prophylaxis dental treatments are Scaling and Polishing. Scaling is a dental procedure that removes calculus deposited on the teeth or the stains on the teeth. This procedure can be likened with the peeling or scraping the paint off the wall. If the roots are also damaged the same process is carried out for the gums and it is known as root planing. Followed by scaling, polishing is a smoothening process of the teeth as scaling makes the teeth rough. Additional protection can be applied to the teeth by adding a small amount of fluoride. An individual should brush their teeth at least thrice or after every meal. By this way, the damage to teeth is minimized. However, plaque and tartar build-up are common. This happens because of the bacterial film present in the mouth and teeth. As the food mixes with saliva the food is converted into starch or sugar and then, this mixes with oral bacteria and forms an acidic environment in the mouth. This causes stains and damage to the enamel on the teeth and even roots as the cycle continue. Hence, regular brushing should be complemented with scaling and polishing at least every 6 months.
Apart from the above conditions, if an individual is planning to undergo Scaling and Polishing, pleases consult Dentist and discuss all the risks and benefits associated with the procedure.