Scaling removes the hard tartar which forms on your teeth like scale inside a kettle. You can’t remove it just by brushing your teeth. Scaling also removes trapped food and plaque containing millions of germs, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Stains from coffee, tea, cigarettes or red wine are also cleaned away when your dentist polishes your teeth
• If your gums bleed when you brush, you may have early gum disease. Regular scaling helps to stop the disease getting worse.
• Gum disease can cause bad breath, which you can prevent by regular scaling and cleaning your teeth thoroughly at home
Subgingival scaling involves the removal of subgingival calculus from the tooth surface. This can be from the enamel (crown) or from the root cementum surface, in which case it is termed root planing. Subgingival curettage or root planing can be closed or open. If open, some form of flap will have been made to aid vision and improve efficiency.
- Undue stains +++
- Calculus, Plaque +++