Scaling and polishing- Scaling is a dental procedure that involves removing of calculus deposits and stains from the teeth .
A scale and polish can be done by your dentist
The first ‘scrape’ stage removes the deposits of plaque and tartar. Often an ultrasound scraper is used first to get rid of the bulk of the tartar, followed by specialized hand held instruments to scrape away any stubborn remains.
Then the next step is to ‘polish’ the teeth to make the surface really smooth. While polishing removes stains leaving teeth bright and shiny, it is not just a cosmetic procedure. It also smoothes away minor imperfections and patches of rough texture on the teeth to protect against further plaque build up.
It is recommended to have a Scaling and polishing done by your dentist every 6 months as no matter how well you clean your teeth there will always be hard to reach areas that are tricky to keep clean.