5 MYTHS ABOUT SCALING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
“SCIENCE MUST BEGIN WITH MYTHS AND THE CRITICISM OF MYTHS “
1.SCALING WILL DAMAGE MY TOOTH SURFACE
Scaling is as the word states is a procedure that scales out the deposits on and around the tooth structure. The instruments designed to do so are specifically designed to break down and scrape off the complex deposits on the surface of the tooth. Unlike popular belief our scaling instruments don’t manually peel off the layer of your tooth structure, infact the scaler tips work by converting high frequency electrical energy into high frequency sound waves. Through the combined action of Mechanical vibration, cavitation, irrigation and lavage a tooth surface is cleared.
The concept that scaling damages the enamel is an irrational unjust fear. Scaling if done after proper diagnosis and using the correct methods is the best tool to give your gums a healthy long life.
2.SCALING POLISHING TO IMPROVE TEETH COLOR?
The process of scaling removes the deposits on your tooth including extrinsic stains. It doesn’t improve the natural color of your teeth. If your teeth are naturally pale or yellow than scaling wouldn’t improve the color of your teeth.
Scaling will only remove the deposits!!
Polishing serves to smoothen the surface of your teeth after scaling so that it becomes difficult for stains and debris to stick to your teeth. It also doesn’t improve the color of your teeth.
To whiten your teeth or improve the color of your teeth there are other procedures such as Bleaching
3.DOES SCALING MAKE TEETH MOVE?
Teeth movement can be because of a variable set of causes ranging from periodontal disease to trauma and old age.
The movement of teeth can be physiological or pathological, temporary or permanent.
We receive cases with heavy calculus deposits, receding gumline and compromised periodontal health. Years of neglected oral hygiene where the damage to the supporting structures of teeth has already been done and is irreparable
In certain cases the bone and supporting structure of teeth have receded and the only thing keeping the teeth in place is big blocks of bacteria filled calculus.
When we remove the debris and calculus the teeth lose their toxic partners and immediately begin to move.So yes in that case scaling can make teeth mobile but only because the disease is pre existing.
Scaling itself doesn’t cause teeth to move!!
4.Scaling makes gaps between teeth
Just like I mentioned above, scaling can not make new damage. It doesn’t create gaps between teeth. I can’t stress this enough, scaling is a completely docile process. It just makes you see the defects that were well hidden with garbage before. It doesn’t cause trouble itself, just clears up the smoke screen.
Scaling doesn’t create gaps,
IT CLEARS UP THE SPACE!!
5.Once I get my teeth scaled I will have to get it done again and again
People often complain that the reason they have to get scaling done is because they got it done before. Just because they let an instrument “touch” their teeth that is the reason they have to get the procedure done over and over. The logic to this myth is pretty simple actually. Just like a room gets dirty despite meticulous cleaning, the oral cavity (mouth) is no different.
The reason you need scaling over and over is not because you got it done once and that one time procedure has pushed you into a cycle of scaling for eternity.
Its because the mouth gets dirty when there is lack of meticulous cleaning and scaling is just that mandatory vaccum to shine your teeth right up. As long as you keep your mouth clean you won’t need scaling. Its not a curse put on you by dentists. It’s a blessing 😊
DR. BUSHRA HASEEB (BDS, RDS)