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Hand Scaling and Polishing Procedure
When cleaning your teeth is a bit hard to reach every part, especially between the teeth or at the back. If you have imperfectly shaped, misaligned or crooked teeth, it becomes even harder to maintain oral hygiene. It is common for food to be stuck between or on the surface of teeth, which might form plaque. Also, tartar may form on the teeth surfaces or gum line. Tobacco smokers, alcoholic and dark drinks consumers are the main victims of tartar.
Plaque can be removed through brushing and flossing, but sometimes plaque can be stubborn or hard to reach. And when plague is not removed on time it hardens into worse substances like tartar and calculus, which are difficult to remove using a brush. For the stubborn stains, you will need a hand scale and polish.
Hand scaling and polishing are ways of deep cleaning such substances (plaque and tartar). Scaling is a common practice when one has symptoms of gum disease. This kind of teeth cleaning goes beyond regular brushing and flossing. Plaque is removed from the teeth surface as well as underneath the gum.
What is hand scaling and polishing? This is the removal of plague build-up, tartar, and biofilm on the teeth surface using a hand-scaler or manual scaler. While hand scaling deals with the practical removal of plague, stains, tartar, and other substances stuck on the teeth surfaces polishing helps to make the teeth smooth or shiny, and remove stubborn stains.
Why do you need to scale and polish your teeth?
Even if you brush and floss perfectly and regularly, there are still some food particles that will be glued on the teeth surfaces. The particles will turn into plaque, and later harden in to tartar or calculus. These substances are usually mistaken as part of teeth, which is quite wrong. The brown, yellow or black surfaces are not part of your teeth, and shouldn’t be treated as one, instead they should be removed. If the tartar or plaque isn’t removed, it can great perfect conditions for bacteria to survive and multiply, which in turn will not only cause teeth decay, but also cavities and gum disease. Such dental issues can lead to tooth loss. Now you understand why you need hand scaling and polishing.
After scaling your teeth, you don’t want to leave any stain standing, thus you should polish the teeth. Is important to visit your dentist regularly to check the status of your oral hygiene, and he will determine whether you need hand scaling and polishing or not. Nevertheless, these procedures are necessary for great dental hygiene.
Most people assume that bad breath is caused by the kind of food they eat, but what they don’t know is the chances of the type of food eaten causing bad breath are next to impossible. If you have a bad breathe, tartar or plaque accumulation might be the cause. In fact, plague is highly associated with bad breath. Scaling can help eliminate any kind of bad breath, may it chronic or bout of malodor. Actually, scaling is one of the most helpful procedures in curing chronic bad breath. In addition, you should brush your tongue regularly as it also a common habitat for bacteria that causes bad breath.
Who is more susceptible to needing scaling and polishing?
Some of the things that increase the rate of tartar accumulation are dark drinks, tobacco, and using a particular side of your mouth to eat every time. In fact, a person with such habits is more susceptible to needing hand scaling and polishing. Scaling is crucial in preventing certain dental issues like gum disease among others.
You should know that even though saliva contributes in strengthening and protecting the teeth, it also contributes in formation of tartar, especially for the people with thick saliva. Therefore, it is very important to drink enough water. Water helps to balance the saliva viscosity and enhance overall dental health.
How do you use hand scaling and polishing?
Scaling and polishing is a form of deep cleaning that has to be performed by dentist. Scaling helps to break down tartar into pieces. After scaling, the teeth are polished to remove any remaining stains and enhance the teeth appearance.
Scaling is the first procedure performed when you visit your dentist for hand scaling and polishing. Electric scaler is more efficient in removing toughest tartar, but the dentist can also use a hand scaler to do so. Although a hand scaler take more time to remove the tartar, it will help to reach most awkward spots like back of the teeth or between them.
The next step is polishing! With the help of a rotating brush and fluoride toothpaste, your dentist will deep clean your teeth. Nothing helps to protect your teeth against decay, and other dental issues like fluoride toothpaste. If you are used to visiting your dentist regularly for checks up, it won’t be hard to prevent and eliminate plaque for good.
Is the procedure painful? This might be the one of the main questions lingering your mind. Absolutely not, most people feel no pain during the treatment process. Some have reported the procedure creates a sense of discomfort. However, it doesn’t last for long! Nevertheless, in case you feel pain or uncomfortable, you should alert your dentist and he will know what to do. Pain can be caused by a number of things like sore gums or exposed dentine. You dentist will come up with a solution to make the process more comfortable and painless.
What are the symptoms of someone who needs hand scaling and polishing?
If your teeth have changed in color, you should visit your dentist and he will determine whether hand scaling and polishing are the right procedures. There are symptoms that will help to determine whether hand scaling and polishing is what you need such as;
- Teeth discoloration
- Plaque; pale-yellow substances, However, sometimes it can be colorless.
- Tartar or calculus; a yellow or brown substance that forms above and below the gum line
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