The procedure known as scaling and polishing aids in the removal of tartar and plaque buildup on the teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it will harden into tartar even if it was soft.

Dental decay is caused by plaque and tartar. Cleaning the teeth from the roots is the process of scaling. To prevent gum disease from getting worse, the procedure is advised when it is at a moderate stage. The operation is carried out prior to surgery if the gum disease is severe.

Let’s examine some common misconceptions regarding the process and its underlying facts.

  • Myth #1: The procedure hurts.
    The act of scraping anything off your teeth is the sole sensation experienced throughout this painless procedure. Other than that, no pain is experienced at all. You don’t require medication or anesthesia to get through the procedure because the discomfort is tolerable. It’s not an invasive treatment; it’s just a basic cleaning.
  • Myth #2: Scaling causes teeth to weaken, deteriorate and fall out.
    The idea that the process weakens and loosens your teeth is among the most widespread ones. This is untrue, though, because scaling gets rid of the substances that become stuck on teeth and cause gum disease. One may sense that the teeth are weaker when these components are taken out of them. The removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth has already weakened them; the cleaning process is unrelated to this.
  • Myth #3: Teeth become sensitive due to scaling.
    This is just one more fallacy that needs to be dispelled. Tartar builds up in the spaces between your teeth when you have gum disease. The tooth may feel sensitive after the tartar is removed because it is exposed to the oral environment, but this sensation will pass in a few days.
  • Myth #4: The procedure widens the spaces between teeth.
    Tartar accumulates in the space between teeth when gum disease worsens. So, you will most likely report feeling as though there are more spaces between your teeth now that the damaging tartar has been removed from your teeth and gums. But in actual sense, there is no widening of spaces.

In conclusion, if you are unsure about anything concerning your oral health, do not hesitate to ask any of our doctors and hygienists. We are always ready and available to clarify your questions and valid concerns.

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