Scaling and Polishing
What is scaling and polishing?
Scaling and polishing removes plaque, calculus and extrinsic staining from the surfaces of teeth. Plaque is a soft yellowish bacterial deposit that forms around teeth and gums. Calculus is hardened plaque which is impossible to remove with normal brushing.
How often do we do it?
It is recommended to have a 6 months scaling and polishing done. This is also dependent on individual patient’s oral health condition. For patients with advanced gum disease, surgical root planing (SRP) might be needed.
What is Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums where gums become red, puffy and bleed easily. Gingivitis can be treated with good oral hygiene and regular scaling and polishing by a dental professional. Our dentists will inform you when you need to improve on your brushing or flossing.
After scaling and polishing, there may be bleeding and some sensitivity on your gums and teeth. You will still be required to brush and floss your teeth at home as per normal.
Post Treatment Instruction
- It is common that the teeth get a bit sensitive and the gums swell up a little with slight bleeding
- No eating and drinking for 30 minutes if topical fluoride is applied
- Avoid rinsing the mouth too often as that may encourage bleeding from the gums