Scaling and Polishing are for removing plaque, calculus build-up, and extrinsic staining from the surfaces of teeth. Calculus formation can lead to several clinical symptoms including bad breath and chronically inflamed gingiva.
“Scaling” removes hardened plaque and tartar (calculus) stuck to your teeth using ultrasonic scalers. “Polishing” is the use of a spinning cup/brush to remove plaque and stains on the surface of your teeth. This procedure also smooths out the external surfaces, making it harder for dirt to get attached to your teeth.
It is recommended to arrange for a routine Scaling and Polishing once every 6 months. This is also dependent on the individual patient’s oral health condition.
Teeth Whitening is a different treatment. Teeth whitening requires a whitening chemical gel for the teeth to be whitened by a few shades.
It is perfectly normal for the teeth to feel sensitive and to see bleeding after every Scaling and Polishing. It is advisable to avoid rinsing the mouth too often as that may encourage more bleeding from the gums.
If done regularly, scaling and polishing is usually painless. The pain usually occurs when your gums are unhealthy.