Scaling vs Whitening
I felt the need to write this post because lately people have too many questions about whitening their teeth but there is a lack of focus on scaling when it's the more important one of the two.
Scaling is cleaning. Scaling is cleaning your teeth off of plaque, calculus and tar from even under your gums. It improves your dental hygiene, reduces/cures gum diseases and makes your teeth healthier. Scaling is a regular treatment that your teeth NEED, for better oral health and hygiene. Scaling is followed by polishing that removes any stains on teeth after which teeth appear lighter.
Whitening, however, is not a cleaning action. It is simply a cosmetic procedure that bleaches your teeth and makes them appear more white. It does not help clean your teeth, reduce gum disease, improve oral health or hygiene. Whitening removes pigmentation and stains in teeth and makes them shiny and pearly white.
I've had people come up and shown me their teeth, asking the best 'whitening' option, when upon examination what they really have is accumulated plaque and calculus which is absolutely common. What you really need in this case is scaling and polishing, not whitening.
Plaque is accumulated in and under your gums, and is not always removed by regular brushing. Some people are more prone to it, people like myself that have crowded teeth and cannot clean properly with tooth brushes alone. That’s when you need scaling more regularly to keep your teeth clean!
Scaling does cause some sensitivity, and swelling but that is absolutely normal and NOTHING to worry about. It’s a step towards recovery.
So is you’ve been thinking about whether you should get your scaling done, then you probably should. And if you’ve never gotten it done, then you DEFINITELY should. It’s a step towards healthier teeth :)