Dental Check-up & Cleaning
Even if you practice good oral habits such as brushing regularly and flossing after every meal, plaque and tartar will still build up on your teeth, causing gum diseases and tooth decay in the long run.
For most, we recommend coming in every 6 months to get a check-up and cleaning done. This usually includes scaling and polishing, as well as fluoride treatment if needed.
Scaling and polishing is a highly recommended dental procedure for individuals of all age groups as part and parcel of your routine check-up. This is to prevent and reduce the risk of gum disease (periodontitis) and tooth decay, which is caused by harmful bacteria in your mouth. It will also help to freshen your breath if you are conscious about having bad breath.
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In most cases, scaling and polishing is a procedure that leaves minimum discomfort — most people find it painless. If you have sensitive teeth, inflamed gums or stubborn tartar that is hard to remove, it might cause slight discomfort or pain during the cleaning process. If the sensitivity or discomfort is unbearable, you can request for numbing cream or local anaesthesia.
So you might be wondering, are plaque and tartar the same? What is the difference between the two?
Plaque is a soft, sticky, colourless or pale-yellow film of bacteria that forms on your teeth, which can be removed by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. If you fail to brush your teeth often and the plaque sits on your teeth for too long, it will harden to form tartar, which is usually darker in colour and can only be removed with the help of professional tools at the dentist.
With the removal of stains caused by smoking or regular consumption of beverages such as coffee, tea and wine, scaling and polishing can help to enhance the shine of your teeth, allowing them to look cleaner and brighter.
That said, if you are looking to whiten or lighten your current shade of teeth, it will be more effective to opt for cosmetic teeth whitening instead.
The answer is no, if done on a recommended schedule by your dentist. Going to the dentist for routine cleaning twice a year is considered healthy and strongly recommended by dentists in order to maintain optimal oral health.
The procedure only aims to remove the accumulated plaque and tartar without affecting the surface of your tooth. That said, you should not seek scaling more than the recommended frequency by the dentist as over cleaning your teeth may lead to your enamel wearing down.