Just like any other dental procedure, teeth scaling and polishing provides remarkable benefits that are truly hard to miss. However, some people avoid teeth scaling and polishing altogether because of some of the common misconceptions surrounding both procedures.
For the uninitiated, below are some of the most common myths and misconceptions about teeth scaling and polishing and the truths behind them:
Myth #1 Teeth scaling can cause the teeth to loosen
Definitely not true. On the contrary, scaling has been known to help ensure teeth is held more strongly by the bone and gums. In addition, tooth extraction will require considerable amount of force and leverage.
That being said, teeth scaling which only involves touching the teeth a few seconds at a time won’t be enough to loosen the teeth. Any feeling of looseness after the procedure however can be attributed to the removal of tartar (calculus) that has accumulated on the teeth.
Myth #2 Teeth scaling can make the teeth highly sensitive
If truth be told, teeth scaling may actually minimise tooth sensitivity in the long run by preventing gum inflammation and recession. Understandably, teeth can get a bit sensitive after the procedure as all the tartar and plaque that once surrounded it have all been removed.
The good news is sensitivity (if there are any) is but temporary and will be gone once the teeth has been given a little time to adjust. Of course, teeth scaling and polishing done by outdated machinery or untrained hands may cause prolonged tooth sensitivity. That being said, choosing a seasoned and competent dental professional is considered a must.
Myth #3 Teeth scaling and polishing is merely a cosmetic procedure
At first glance, teeth scaling and polishing can seem nothing more than a cosmetic procedure. However, it is actually so much more. If anything, teeth that looks radiantly clean is but a pleasant and welcome side effect.
Teeth scaling and polishing is actually vital for gum health. Removal of plaque will not only significantly improve gum health, it can also increase tooth support and decrease gum bleeding as well as bad breath.
Myth #4 Teeth scaling can increase the space / gap between teeth
In some cases, people notice spaces in their teeth post scaling. The truth is the gaps have been there all along but were once covered by tartar. Understandably, once the tartar has been removed, the gaps can appear more prominent.
Myth #5 Teeth scaling and polishing is something you can do without
For those who want to be on top of their dental health, teeth scaling and polishing should be done at least once yearly. The unfortunate thing about gum disease is it can manifest little to no symptoms. While unfortunate to note, people won’t notice there’s an ongoing problem until it’s too late.
That being said, don’t wait for any gum problems to worsen or even develop before having your teeth cleaned and looked after accordingly. If anything, adapt the “prevention is better than cure” mentality when it comes to your dental health so you won’t have to go through uncomfortable and costly treatments down the road.