Scaling and Polishing

Scaling and polishing removes deposits such as plaque and calculus (tartar) from tooth surfaces. … Scaling or removal of hardened deposits is done with specially designed dental instruments or ultrasonic scalers, and polishing is done mechanically with special pastes.

Why is a scale and polish necessary?

Throughout the day, a sticky film of plaque builds up on your teeth. This sticky substance is full of bacteria and it is turned into an acid when it reacts with the sugar in our food. Plaque can be removed by brushing your teeth twice a day, but the problems lie in those hard to reach areas. When plaque builds up over time, it hardens into a substance known as calculus or tartar. As this is a harder substance, it’s harder to remove with brushing alone, which is where the scale and polish procedure comes in.

Photo:A Scaling and Polishing Session at First Mobile Dental Care, Yaba

Is Scaling and Polishing painful?

No, the scale and polish procedure shouldn’t hurt, but you may feel some unusual sensations in your mouth. This might include a scraping sensation or a tickling feeling in your gums. A numbing gel can be used if you are very nervous about any dental pain.

How often should I have a hygienist treatment?

We would recommend a scale and polish treatment every six months in order to prevent the build up of plaque on your teeth. Some people will require the treatment less frequently, so provided you are visiting your dentist every six months they will be able to tell you if you need a scale and polish. Some people like to have a scale and polish after an orthodontic treatment, while others will have a scale and polish to get their teeth and gums in top shape before a dental implant procedure.

If you’d like to book a scale and polish session with one of our friendly dental hygienists, give us a call on +2347066488443

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