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Everything you need to know about teeth scaling

Friday, 10 January 2014 - 3:57pm IST Updated: Friday, 10 January 2014 - 9:00pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk

Plaque and tartar that form on the teeth near the gums are the most common causes for gum disease. Dentists recommend getting a procedure called "teeth scaling" done. If you are clueless about what this involves, read on to know what dentists have to say about it. 

How often should scaling be done?

Teeth scaling is recommended once in six months. The frequency might differ based on the type of saliva. As a person grows older, the saliva gets thicker: it contains less water. And tartar (grey, brown and yellow hard deposits near the gums) forms on the lower ends of the front teeth which are the most sensitive. Tartar also forms if you don't eat from a particular side. Other factors that affect the formation of tartar include pregnancy or certain drugs. If there is any reason for tartar to form faster, scaling must be done more often. – Dr Mubul Dabholkar.


How important is scaling? 

Very important. If one doesn't get scaling done, they will face gum problems. Tartar formation takes place, the gums start receding, teeth become loose and they may also fall out. There might be effects like gingivitis, bad breath and effects on the heart too. – Dr Aayannush, Sparkle Dental Clinic.



Does scaling have any side effects?

Usually there are no side effects, but patients may experience sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks. – Dr Ankita Shetty, Dr Mandar Gadkari's dental clinic.


Does scaling have any effects on the enamel?

Harsh cleaning will affect the enamel of the teeth. Otherwise, there are absolutely no effects on the enamel, as scaling involves only polishing and cleaning. – Dr Mohammed Moin Holy, Holy Dental Care

There is no damage to the enamel as only vibrating motion is used to loosen and remove tartar, stains, calculus etc. – My Dental Clinic.

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