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Scaling Of Teeth : Myths Or Facts?

BDS, (PGCOI) Post Graduate Certificate in Oral Implantology
Dentist, Delhi
Scaling Of Teeth : Myths Or Facts?

Does scaling help us?
Let us first understand what is scaling of teeth:
Teeth scaling is a routine dental procedure with which plaque and tartar deposits that form on teeth are cleaned or scraped away. While plaque is a soft, sticky film that develops on teeth containing millions of bacteria which cause tooth decay and gum diseases, tartar is a hardened form of plaque that develops if the plaque is not removed on time.
If you have healthy gums, tissue will fit tightly around the tooth and keep plaque out. But, if gum disease begins to form, this tissue will loosen. Healthy gums attach to the tooth 1-3 millimeters below the gumline. With gum disease, you’ll begin to develop deeper pockets. These can fill with plaque, worsening your problems and causing symptoms like bad breath or bleeding gums.
If you have pockets of 4 millimeters or more, your dentist will probably recommend dental scaling to remove the plaque beneath the gumline and help treat the gum disease.

Common myths & facts about scaling:
Myth
: scaling weakens the teeth and makes them loosen!
Fact: the deposits over period of long time make a hard semi calcified layer between the gums and teeth. Henceforth the gums are detached and recessed from the teeth so when the calculus/tartar/deposits are removed from the gum-line it gives you the feeling of loose teeth, but that is a" bad support" of the teeth that is being removed. In few weeks, the gums get attached back to the teeth and the mouth is healthy, free of deposits and tartar. Hence scaling of teeth just removes the" bad support" which ultimately would have left you with no teeth!
Myth: scaling makes the teeth sensitive!
Fact: when the tartar is removed by scaling, the teeth get exposed to the oral environment and become moderately sensitive. In most cases, the sensitivity vanishes in a couple of days as and when the gums get attached to the teeth.
Myth: scaling causes gaps between the teeth to increase!
Fact: when the gum disease is progressing at a moderate level, the usual gaps between the teeth get filled within and around with taratar. When tartar is removed by scaling, patient feel that the gaps between the teeth have increased. These gaps are transient and should go off as and when gums take their position in few weeks as long as there is no pathological migration of teeth involved.
Myth: scaling is painful!
Fact: contrary to a popular belief, scaling is a virtually painless procedure, with just a feeling of mild scraping and vibrating sensation on the teeth when the scaling is being done.

Hence, one should get scaling/cleaning of teeth twice a year. Fact is there are no side effects of getting scaling done. A six monthly visit to dentist can help you have all your teeth till you live!
Have a healthy smile!

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Gum Problem

Dr. Jyoti Ranjan 92% (532 ratings)
Post-Graduate Certificate in Endodontics
Dentist, Cuttack
Gum Problem

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease which occurs because of the inflammation of the gums. It can easily be reversed with daily brushing and flossing and getting dental cleaning done regularly.

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Dear doc, kindly suggest best toothpaste for gum recession due to gingivitis. Thanks.

Dr. Shriganesh Diliprao Deshmukh 91% (2115 ratings)
International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
Dear doc,
kindly suggest best toothpaste for gum recession due to gingivitis. Thanks.
Vicco powder is d best option probably For you Bell3 c liquid 4tims day Kreos 12c 4tims day for 10 days Cal phos 12c 3tims day for 10 days.
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Dear doc, Kindly suggest best toothpaste for sensitive teeth with gingivitis. Thank you.

BDS, MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced course in maxillofacial sugery
Dentist, Lucknow
Dear doc,
Kindly suggest best toothpaste for sensitive teeth with gingivitis.
Thank you.
For gingivitis get scaling polishing done by a dentist than use brush twice daily especially at night.
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I am suffering from gingivitis from last some months. Please suggest some medical tips.

Dr. Arti Sharma 91% (105 ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
I am suffering from gingivitis from last some months. Please suggest some medical tips.
Gingivitis means there is deposits on your teeth go for professional cleaning once then regularly use mouth wash and brush your teeth twice daily and also do gum massage with some astringent.
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Dental Health

Dr. Aman Bhatia 92% (374 ratings)
MDS - Periodontics, Certified Implantologist, BDS
Dentist, Panchkula
Dental Health

Periodontists are specialists in treating gum diseases and offer treatment options which dentists might not refer to.

Hi, I have Gingivitis. Problem.I am a student because no much time of teeth brush. How can solve this problem.

Dr. A. K. Verma 90% (807 ratings)
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Dentist, Allahabad
Hi, I have Gingivitis. Problem.I am a student because no much time of teeth brush. How can solve this problem.
You need scaling of your teeth for treatment of gingivitis. After scaling take medicines prescribed by your dentist. Your problem will be cure soon. *you should brush your teeth twice daily and maintain your oral hygiene for good oral health. Your tooth brushing time should not be more than 3 to 4 minute.
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How do I know if I have gum disease?

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
How do I know if I have gum disease?

How do I know if I have gum disease?
Gum disease is generally painless, even though it damages the bone supporting the teeth. Gum disease (gingivitis) will usually show itself as red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush or clean between your teeth. Many people are worried when they notice their gums are bleeding and then brush more gently, or stop altogether. In fact, it is important that you continue to clean regularly and thoroughly if you are to fight the gum disease. If the bleeding does not go away within a few days see your dental team to ask for their advice.

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