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What is scaling and why it is important?

We brush our teeth daily, but sometimes we are in so much hurry or because of lack of knowledge of proper brushing technique, there are some surfaces of teeth which are left uncleaned and these uncleaned surfaces gets covered by a soft and thin layer called plaque which gradually hardens when not get cleaned and called as calculus. Now, after this plaque hardens it cannot be removed by normal brushing, it requires cleaning by an expert and this procedure is called scaling.


What happens if the calculus is not removed?

Initial stage

  • Bad breath

  • Mild sensitivity

  • Mild bleeding from gum

Severe stage

  • Sever bleeding from gums

  • Dental cavity

  • Severe tooth ache

  • Spacing in between teeth

  • Abnormal movement of teeth

  • Bone resorption

  • Exfoliation of teeth


Myths and fact about scaling.

Myth - scaling is a painful procedure Fact - scaling is not a painful procedure, you may feel mild scraping sensation or vibration on the teeth during procedure.

Myth - scaling weakens the tooth and make them loose. Fact - scaling helps in cleaning the deposit from tooth surface which is responsible for gum infection. It is that deposit that has weaken the teeth and make them loose.

Myth – scaling causes gaps between the teeth. Fact – there are some gaps between the teeth which are normal, these gaps gets filled as the severity of the calculus increases. Now when the calculus is removed during scaling, patient feels that the gaps between the teeth has increased.

Myth – scaling makes the teeth sensitivity.

Fact – when the calculus is removed by scaling, teeth get exposed to the oral environment and become mild sensitive. This sensitivity vanishes in few days as the gums get attached to the teeth.



Scaling never harms the teeth and one should get the scaling done twice a year, this will always keeps your gums healthy.

Keep smiling and Have a wonderful day!

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