Q: What is the procedure called scaling?
A: Scaling is the procedure your dentist or hygienist uses to scrape accumulated calculus off from the base of your teeth. Calculus is hardened plaque — the sticky, clear film that forms on teeth. It can accumulate both above and below the gum line. It is a contributing factor to gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.
The person performing the procedure will use a hand scaler, a small metal instrument or an ultrasonic instrument. The dentist or hygienist will gently insert the tip of the instrument beneath the gum line, press it against the tooth and pull toward the top of the tooth, breaking up the calculus and removing it. Scaling is not generally a painful process because the pressure used in removing the build-up is brought to bear against the tooth’s enamel, which has no sensitivity. There could be mild pain when the instrument is pressed against the gum.
Thorough brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist are needed to help keep mouths healthy.
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