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Scaling and Polishing: Why Is It Needed?

Teeth cleaning is the first step which allows our dentists to maintain your oral health and hygiene. Regular cleanings prevent dental diseases from growing since daily brushing, flossing and rinsing isn't always enough to maintain good oral health in the long term.

An important part of teeth cleanings at Guardian Dental Care are scaling and polishing and here's all you need to know about the procedure:

What is scaling?

Eating and drinking accumulates food and bacteria which eventually becomes dental plaque. Over time this hardens to form tartar which is impossible to remove through regular brushing.

Using specialized instruments, our dentists remove plague and tartar deposits. Our ultrasonic scaler uses vibrations to loosen tartar which has hardened and anchored itself to the tooth. Along with this, water spray is also used to wash away the debris. All of this is done without harming your teeth.

What is Polishing?

Polishing is the next step after scaling and it involves removing stains so that your teeth feels and looks smooth and shiny. Polishing is done by us:

Using a soft rubber cup that spins Prophylaxis paste. It is a special toothpaste-like material which is scooped up by the dentist into the cup and is then spun around on the teeth.

A Prophyjet polishing is used as well. It uses a spray of air and water along with sodium hydrogencarbonate powder to remove plaque, stains and other soft debris from your teeth.

Why do you need to do scaling & polishing?

Let's check into the reasons why you need this procedure:

It prevents gum and oral diseases which causes decay, cavities, loose teeth and then tooth loss as well as gum recession.

To get rid of stains which are caused by food or tobacco.

It makes the teeth feel smooth which prevents plaque from building up more quickly in between the routine check ups.

Make sure to go for regular dental exams to prevent the build up of plaques and tartars. At Guardian Dental Care, our dentists will not just scale and polish your teeth but will also advise you on how to better take care of your oral hygiene.


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