Scaling and Polishing
1 Scaling and Polishing is the professional removal of dental plaque(bacteria biofilm) and tartar ( calculus or hard deposits) from the teeth and gums.
2 As part of scaling and polishing, the dentist used an ultrasonic scaler. We also use curettes or hand instruments for debris inside the gum pockets.
3 Scaling and Polishing is advised twice in a year. For smokers and those with active disease, we would treat more frequently until oral health is achieved.
A routine visit to the dentist involves:
1 Update of medical and dental history
2 Check up and charting of teeth
3 Screening for decay, gum disease and oral health condition including oral cancer
4 Discussion with the patient about treatment
5 Scaling and Polishing
6 Xrays where indicated
7 Flouride application where indicated
8 Oral Hygiene instructions where necessary.