Your teeth come under constant attack from the starches and sugars present in our food which are released as we eat. When this combines with plaque – the sticky bacterial film that forms on the teeth over time, it produces an acid which is harmful to our teeth.
This plaque forms on the surface of and between our teeth and can also affect the gum line. If is not removed then it will harden and form calculus or ‘tartar’ – a yellow or brown mineral deposit which causes the teeth to have a rough or ‘crusty’ appearance. This makes them vulnerable to further plaque attacks.
Plaque can corrode the teeth over time which causes cavities and tooth decay as well as bad breath. If it leads to tartar formation, especially around the gums then gingivitis can occur. The danger with this is that it can lead to the more serious periodontal gum disease and sometimes leads to losing of tooth or several teeth.
A scale and polish can remove plaque and leave your teeth feeling nice and smooth. This will also prevent bacteria sticking to them which can lead to the buildup of tartar. And, it will help to prevent gum disease.
The ‘scale’ part of the procedure involves the dentist using an ultrasound device which emits vibrations to loosen large areas of tartar.
If your teeth are heavily stained then ‘air abrasion’ may be required. Air abrasion can be used as a tooth whitening method as well as preparing a tooth for a filling, and is often preferred to the dreaded drill!
This relatively new approach involves a machine which emits a fine stream of aluminum oxide particles that will remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. It is often referred to as ‘sandblasting’ as it ‘strips’ these deposits away from the teeth.
Once your teeth are beautifully smooth the dentist will then give them a polish. This means using a hand piece with a soft, spinning rubber cup which is applied to your teeth. A special paste called a ‘prophylaxis’ is inserted into this cup and together with the spinning cup, will give your teeth a shiny appearance.
As a final flourish the dentist may apply fluoride. Fluoride is good at strengthening the teeth as well as providing essential minerals to any teeth that have been eroded by acid.
A scale & polish tends to be painless with many patients reporting ‘tickling’ or ‘scraping’ sensations. It is likely to be painful if you have sore gums, badly worn teeth or a dentist who is less than gentle. However, a topical numbing gel can be used which is a form of local anesthetic and will freeze the area to be treated.
If you would like to consult a dentist for your teeth scaling and polishing in Dubai, please do contact our team of experinced dentists and we will take care of your needs to give you a beautiful Smile.
When you look in the mirror and smile, are you happy with the results? Some people are happy, some are not. In some cases, too much of their gums is visible around their teeth which creates a “gummy” look. Others may dislike their smile because their gums have receded so much that their teeth look much longer than normal.
As its name suggests, dark gum pigmentation refers to a discoloration, or pigmentation, of the gums in the mouth. The condition can affect the entire gums, or just patches of the gums. Though it is not a life-threatening condition, the quality of your smile can be severely impacted if it goes left untreated.
Laser Therapy is commonly referred to as Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LAPT). The diode laser that performs LAPT is an important and extremely effective therapy used by Bright Smile Dental and Orthodontic Center to treat periodontal or gum disease through the process of regeneration
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