Teeth Cleaning or Scaling of Teeth:
Teeth cleaning or Scaling is a procedure used to remove infected deposits like plaque, tartar, calculus and stains from the tooth surfaces. Such deposits, if not removed by scaling, cause infection and loosening of the gums, ultimately leading to pyorrhoea and tooth loss. Scaling is a safe and routine procedure and does not damage the tooth surface in any way.
How frequently should scaling be done?
Plaque formation on the teeth is a continuous process. If this is not removed by brushing it starts mineralizing into tartar within 10-14 hours. Such persons may require periodic scaling, every 6 months or so.
The golden rule is to have a routine dental check up every 6 months. Your dentist will be able to advise you whether you need scaling or not. He will also advise you on the correct home care for healthy teeth.
It must be emphasized again that scaling of teeth does not weaken them but prevents gum diseases which bring about bleeding gums and if not checked leading to more serious and extensive gum problems.
Air polishing of Teeth:
Air polishing is a drill-less method of polishing that can be used to remove stains and surface discolouration from your teeth. It uses a pressurised stream of a non-toxic aluminium oxide powder which rapidly removes the surface marks.
The small particles are made of silica, aluminum oxide or baking soda and aid in cleaning the tooth surface. Air abrasion allows for decay to quickly be removed while conserving healthy tooth structure. The particles and decay are then suctioned out of the mouth. Air polishing does not require a local anaesthetic.
Air abrasion is gentle because it generates no heat, sound, pressure or vibration. In addition, it reduces the need for anesthesia, making it an ideal choice for patients with stained teeth and those who experience dental anxiety.