Teeth scaling is a dental procedure that cleans the teeth by eliminating plaque and tartar. Plaque is a sticky thing that has innumerable bacteria and tartar is a compressed form of plaque. Both are dangerous and lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Hence, it is crucial to perform scaling (from time to time) to avoid such issues.
When it comes to teeth scaling, there are a slew of myths. These myths and misconceptions actually lead to catastrophic disasters as by thinking about them one tends to avoid going for their scaling sessions. Therefore one has to learn the facts to clear these misunderstandings.
First Myth: The most popular myth about teeth scaling is that it is not helpful for the teeth. This is grossly wrong as scaling eliminates tartar and plaque and keeps the teeth and gums healthy and free of bacteria. It also prevents bad breath and bleeding gums. Therefore, scaling is advantageous, and people need to visit a dentist for doing it.
Second Myth: People often think that scaling makes teeth sensitive as the procedure removes a layer of the teeth. Well it is true to some extent that the teeth become sensitive. However, this does not happen because a layer of the teeth is removed. The scaling procedure essentially removes the calcified tartar and plaque buildup. The teeth becomes sensitive as they get exposed to the oral environment and the gum gets rid of the damaged part. Hence until the gums get healed, the teeth may tend to be sensitive. However, the teeth remains intact and there is no removal of the healthy part of teeth.
Third Myth: The third common myth is that scaling of teeth is a distressing and painful procedure. But the fact is that it is a painless method. Sometimes due to an underlying disease the teeth may be sensitive during the procedure and the dentist might apply some anesthesia during the procedure.
Fourth Myth: Another myth is that scaling weakens the teeth. The fact is that the teeth are already weakened because of tartar and plague deposited on the teeth. Since scaling excludes these harmful particles, the procedure is helpful. Instead of weakening of the teeth on the contrary scaling actually strengthens the teeth.
Fifth Myth: Scaling increases the gaps between the teeth. When there is a gum disease the gap is naturally more (increased) and this gap is filled with tartar. Hence post scaling there is a feeling that the gap has increased. This happens because the deposits are removed.
Scaling of teeth should be a regular procedure that one should undertake preferably once in six months to remove deposits and plaque. Scaling will ensure that the teeth and gums remain healthy. It is better to consult one's dentist to get a better insight on this procedure as individual cases might vary.
Dr Swagat Pranam Sharma
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