Dental Cleaning & Polishing

24 Jul 2019

Dental Cleaning & Polishing

Dental cleaning is a great way to remove tartar and plaque, as well as carefully clean the roots that are above and make your teeth generally healthier. But is it worth it? Let’s take a closer look at these two procedures.

Cleaning and Polishing Teeth

When plaque appears on teeth, it hardens them and creates so-called tartar. Sometimes dentists call it calculus. The key aspect is that tartar is a very convenient place for bacteria to grow. The more tartar one has, the more bacteria live in their oral cavity. Therefore, the higher the risk of dental diseases.

When visiting a dentist, you may ask for a cleaning procedure. A dentist will remove tartar. This procedure is called scaling. Usually, this procedure consists of two parts. The first part is when dentists scrape off tartar with special instruments. The second part is polishing. It serves to remove stains on the surface of your teeth. Also, it helps to make your smile bright, teeth shiny, and smooth. Yet, this procedure doesn’t change the color of your teeth as much as whitening.

So, what exactly is dental cleaning? Is it painful?

The vast majority of our patients have prejudice about dental cleaning procedures. People expect it to be unpleasant or even painful. Yet, this is not true. When visiting Astoria Dental Town, you will not encounter such unpleasantries. Generally, Dental cleaning serves to remove tartar and plaque from teeth and around the gum line.

Dental cleaning is performed via specially designed ultrasonic devices. In some cases, it may be unpleasant, but it never becomes unbearably painful. Usually, it takes about 10-15 minutes to eradicate tartar from one’s teeth.

What are the differences between dental cleaning and polishing?

Both these procedures are essential for maintaining one’s oral cavity clean and healthy. Alongside tooth brushing, dental cleaning and polishing serve to make our smiles beautiful and healthy. The only difference is that the latter two are more advanced and require a specialist. Furthermore, cleaning and polishing are way more effective than the standard brushing and flossing we all do at home.

Therefore, as you can see, both these procedures are interrelated and complete each other. In fact, some dentists call dental cleaning a subset of dental polishing. With this in mind, we hope that it would be much easier to get ready to visit a dentist for this procedure. But should you?

Even though, as a result, you get a whiter smile and brighter teeth, the necessity of dental cleaning and tooth polishing is somewhat debated. Even though the majority of dentists believe that these procedures are beneficial for health and prevent gum diseases, some think otherwise. The Reason being these procedures are far less effective when done separately and don’t prevent gum diseases.

When dental cleaning and polishing are done together as a system. The 2018 clinical review of multiple studies shows that people who received both procedures during a single visit ended up with significantly less plaque and tartar on their teeth.