Scaling and Polishing
Scaling and polishing is the removal the hard deposit which forms on the teeth and the removal of plaque. You may see the procedure written on your appointment or described by your health fund as scaling and prophylaxis. The word prophylaxis refers to the benefits of removing plaque and calculus in the prevention of dental decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
Scaling and prophylaxis is often carried out at during your routine examination appointment. The procedure enables us to closely monitor the health of the tissues which support the teeth and identify any potential problems with home care and oral health.
Occasionally, we may recommend a follow-up appointment to complete scaling and prophylaxis and the review the response of your gums to treatment.
Plaque control is essential to the prevention dental caries and of gum disease (periodontal) disease.
Periodontal disease affects the structures which support the teeth within the jaws. It can lead to tooth loss through progressive loosening of teeth and infections. For most people the practice of good oral hygiene at homewill help prevent periodontal disease but a small group of patients are more susceptible to periodontal disease. Patients with diabetes, patients who smoke and patients with a family history of periodontal disease tend to suffer from the most destructive forms of this disease. It is important to identify the potential to develop periodontal disease early to avoid the debilitating dental effects. If necessary, patients are referred to a periodontal specialist to manage their periodontal disease.