Teeth Polishing & Scaling – Myths Vs Facts

Written by Pliro
Jan 31, 2019 Last updated: Feb 11, 2019

Brushing teeth and using mouthwash is one of the main things you should do as part of your daily routine. Doing this, good oral health is maintained and certain diseases are avoided; However, sometimes, due to the accumulation of food between the teeth, the natural deterioration or the presence of different pathologicals; plaque formation and tartar buildup do occur.

That is why specialists recommend the polishing and scaling of the teeth. These procedures are routinely applied in patients with different degrees of damage. It is important to emphasize that they are not only aesthetic procedures; they are necessary to maintain a good oral health. They remove the plaque and calculus from the teeth; using hand instruments called scalars or ultrasonic devices.

Difference Between Scaling & Polishing

It is important to emphasize that scaling and polishing are not the same thing; and have different purposes. First, the scaling of the teeth involves the removal of calculus and plaque deposits that may be in the root. It is considered to be a deeper cleaning. On the other hand, the purpose of polishing is to make the teeth smooth (because the scaling can mistreat them) and thus prevents the accumulation of plaque.

Going to the dentist can be really stressful, since you always hear not very pleasant stories about the procedures that are performed. For example, there are several myths surrounding the procedures of polishing and scaling the teeth and their respective facts, such as:

Myth #1 – Scaling weakens the teeth & displaces them

The Fact is that teeth will already be weak due to the calculus; and when it is removed, they will feel looser and with more space. This can happen when you have a lot of time without going to the dentist

Myth #2 – Scaling makes teeth sensitive

This is partly true; because when all the plaque and the calculus are removed, teeth are exposed to the environment; causing discomfort. This sensation is temporary, and after two or three days it will pass.

Myth #3 – Scaling increases the space between the teeth

The Fact is that the space already existed and was occupied by the tartar and the calculus formed in the teeth. When this is removed with the procedure, the empty space is restored

Myth #4 – Scaling is painful

The Fact is that the procedure does not cause any kind of pain. What can be perceived is a scraping sensation in the teeth; which is normal because the tartar is being removed.

Myth #5 – No Symptoms No Scaling

The Fact is that many times there are no symptoms until the condition becomes severe. Also, going once a year to quick check-up would not hurt.

In Pakistan, a study was carried out about the causes for the lack of scaling treatment on the population. Several of the results revealed that a lot of people believe in the myths discussed above. One of the reasons given for avoiding treatment, is that people believe that brushing their teeth twice a day is enough. Is possible that recent advances in dental treatments still don’t reach the population that needs them and that they still believe in uncorroborated information. In addition, there was not much difference between the uneducated and educated population; since both groups believed the veracity of the aforementioned myths.

If there is any doubt regarding dental treatments, consult a dentist. They will clarify any questions about the scaling and polishing procedures of the teeth. In addition, they will tell you if you required any treatment at the moment. On the other hand, if there is any pathology in progress, they can indicate you how often do you need treatment. If you want to find a specialist you can consult the following link: www.pliro.com/search/all/dentist