How Often Should I Get Tooth Scaling?

Tooth scaling

It is better to know that the scales of the teeth are not in pain and any debris that has accumulated on the teeth can be completely removed by this procedure. The plaque on your teeth can cause bad breath, and if no steps are taken to remove it, it can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

There are some home remedies that can be considered good options for removing plaque. If the plaque is acute, scaling the teeth using special equipment is essential.

Saliva and germs in the mouth are the factors that cause plaque to appear. Tooth scaling can be done easily in the early days since thick layers of plaque have not yet formed.

However, if the layers of plaque are thick, more serious measures must be considered. People who frequently consume cigarettes and alcohol will soon develop plaque on their teeth, and excessive consumption of coffee, tea, and colored beverages can also worsen plaque buildup on teeth.

Risk of scaling the teeth

It is better to know that scaling teeth is not dangerous. Plaque should be viewed as a risk, as the presence of plaque on the teeth can lead to severe tooth decay and eventually lead to complete loss of teeth.

Although some people believe that scaling teeth can destroy tooth tissue, it is not. Tooth scaling is the only option for treating plaque. If no action is taken at the right time, dental plaque can lead to greatly inflated costs.

If plaque is not treated at the right time, dental caries will become more critical over time, leading to gum disease and patients who need additional treatment. Therefore, try to consider appropriate measures as soon as possible.

Some people believe that their toothache after tooth dandruff when drinking cold and hot beverages does not apply to all people and may be due to some oral conditions. Therefore, if you developed toothache or other complications after scaling your teeth, do not attribute them to scaling your teeth and take more serious steps to investigate your dental problems.

How is tooth scaling done?

To perform tooth scaling, the dentist will use a simple and manual tooth scaler when the plaque is not acute. Otherwise, special tools are used. In dentistry, a tooth scaling device has a special metal tip that removes plaque by rotating it and hits the plaque.

Does tooth scaling hurt?

There is no pain in this procedure because the mentioned device rotates slowly and hits the plaque and the patient feels no pain. Some think that dandruff leads to loosening of the teeth, but this is a completely wrong notion. Because the tooth was already loose and the plaque filled the space around the tooth and the plaque is now clearing away, the tooth feels looser.

In general, if you feel that plaque has built up on your teeth, take immediate steps to remove plaque before the layers start to thicken.

Benefits of scaling teeth

Some people believe that tooth scaling leads to tooth injuries. This is a wrong belief and orthodontists or dentists recommend doing a tooth scaling at least once a year. This treatment should not be carried out more than twice a year for a period of 6 months.

There are various microorganisms in the tooth environment. These microorganisms adhere to tooth surfaces along with a variety of foods, especially foods containing sugar and carbohydrates. Over time, this leads to the formation of yellow and brown layers on the tooth surfaces. These layers, known as microscopic plaques, are not easily removed from teeth. Microscopic plaques cannot be removed from tooth surfaces even with dental floss or electric toothbrushes.

If these harmful layers are not removed, they can cause various complications for gums and teeth. Because of the plaque, the gums become inflamed and red. In the absence of prevention, the patient develops gum and bone erosion and tooth deviation. Eventually the tooth is loosened and lost.

You can prevent these complications by paying a relatively small fee for tooth scaling. In addition, you will not incur excessive costs for the tooth and gum restoration.

Tooth scaling after orthodontic treatment

After removing the orthodontic brackets, teeth may become slightly discolored. To get a better and more desirable result, the orthodontist recommends the patient to perform scaling or whitening and bleaching after removing the orthodontic brackets, as they not only make the smile more beautiful, but also prevent tooth decay.

Frequently asked questions about tooth scaling

1-how often should tartar removal be done?

For some people, tartar removal may have a long lasting effect once it is done and oral hygiene is followed. On the other hand, the teeth of some others are prone to dental plaque and gum disease due to the special composition of the saliva. For these people, tartar removal is recommended at short intervals (every 6 months).

2-Do Anti Plaque Toothpastes Cause Problems?

Dental plaque cannot be cleaned with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Anti-plaque toothpastes only clean paint and stains on teeth and their regular use is not recommended. These toothpastes cause sensitivity due to the wear and tear of the teeth, cause very fine scratches on the surface of the teeth and make the teeth even more susceptible to the accumulation and adhesion of microbial plaque.

3-Does tartar removal cause tooth enamel loss and damage to teeth?

Another misconception is that tartar removal destroys tooth enamel. Tartar removal does not cause physical damage to the enamel. After tartar removal, only sensitivities to heat and cold can occur, and most people mistakenly believe that the enamel is scraped off.

4-is tartar removal painful and requires anesthesia?

Tartar removal for people with healthy gums, whether with an ultrasound machine or hand tools, has little pain. When a person has gum disease, scaling the teeth usually leads to bleeding gums and the person feels pain and discomfort. This is often a normal pain and does not require anesthesia.

5-does tartar removal make teeth whiter?

With tooth scaling, the deposits on the surface of the teeth are removed and the color of the teeth does not change at all. It can only help whiten teeth. At the same time, a bleaching treatment should be applied to whiten and whiten teeth.

6-Can tartar removal also be performed on composite veneer, laminate and implant teeth?

Yes, tartar can also be removed from composite veneer, laminate and implant teeth. However, since these teeth are more delicate than the main teeth, tartar removal requires a great deal of care and skill in order not to damage them. Therefore, seek out a good and prominent dentist. Also, the cost of scaling these teeth is higher than it would be for your real teeth.

7-is it possible to remove tartar with a laser?

Yes, the best method to remove tartar is by laser. This method allows for faster tartar removal and is very effective for improving inflammation and gingivitis.

8-What is the home treatment method for tartar removal?

Tartar removal with home remedies and the use of natural materials are not a substitute for a visit to the dentist. Proper use of toothbrushes and toothpaste containing fluoride, flossing, chewing and eating fruits and vegetables, gargling with mouthwash and hydrogen peroxide solution, and staying away from alcohol and cigarettes will all help keep your teeth healthy.

About Dr Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, specializes in orthodontic surgery and jaw and facial abnormalities and is a full-time professor in the Orthodontics Department of the School of Dentistry at Islamic Azad University. He has obtained medical certificates in Iran and Europe and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontic Associations. View all posts by Dr Jamilian Kieferorthopade →