What is Dental Scaling?
Dental scaling is the term used for when tartar (calculus) is removed from the teeth using an instrument called a scaler. When plaque turns into tartar is becomes more solid, brushing and flossing alone will not remove it. To eliminate the tartar build up from the teeth and gums an instrument called a scaler is used which is a simple hand held dental tool.
Can Dental Scaling be Done at Home?
Yes. Dental scalers can be purchased in most UK chemists and supermarkets.
When Does Dental Scaling Require Visiting the Dentist?
Dental scaling needs special dentist treatment when ‘root planing’ is required. When tartar goes deeper than the visual area of the tooth and gum, usually when periodontal disease is present, then a root planing treatment will be necessary. Only a dentist can perform root planing and this procedure should not be attempted at home. Root planing is where the dentist removes tartar from the root of the tooth and also smooths the cementum (which covers the root surface) to prevent tartar build up in the future. It is more difficult for plaque to build up on a smooth root rather than a rough root. This treatment is very specific and is a job for the dentist only. However, scaling the top of the tooth is safe and easy to perform at home using a shop purchased scaler.
What are the Benefits of Dental Scaling?
The benefits of dental scaling are the removal or plaque and tartar which cause gingivitis, periodontal disease and tooth loss. The best way to prevent these ailments is to take care of the teeth by brushing, flossing and consuming less sugary and acid foods – which ultimately reduce plaque build up in the first place.