Teeth cleaning and polishing is a prophylactic procedure for the maintenance of the general oral health.
Q: Why is teeth cleaning and polishing procedure necessary?
A: Dental cleaning involves the removal of hard layer of calculus and stain that is formed over the teeth due to improper oral hygiene. The bacterial layer forms a film over the teeth after every meal which should be removed with brushing or rinsing with plain water. If the layer remains for long on the tooth surface and is not removed properly by brushing then during the course of time the layers hardens becoming yellowish and brownish in color, which otherwise deteriorates the gum health leading to loss of tooth support with time.
Q: Is the procedure painful?
A: A tooth cleaning is not a painful procedure however some patient may complain of slight sensitivity and pain in gums depending on the condition, but that is still a mild, temporary sensation.
Q: Will scaling procedure make my teeth weak?
A: It is a myth that the cleaning procedures weaken the teeth and lead to sensitivity. The scaling procedure is done by the instrument which cleans the tartar and stain over the tooth surface with a slow vibratory and turbulence action of water and does not scrape the enamel.
Q: What precaution I need to take after the procedure?
A: There are as such no precautions that need to be considered after the session, the patient should just avoid anything very hot or cold if there is any sensitivity. The patient should follow the instructions given by the dentist for the maintenance.
Q: How often I should get the cleaning done?
A: Generally a follow up is done after 3 months to check for the status of the teeth. Afterwards cleaning procedure can be done after every 6 months or in a year depending on the condition and requirement.
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