Clean Smiles Dental Hygiene Clinic

Scaling / Teeth cleaning service

Resurrecting Your Dazzling Smile


What is scaling/teeth cleaning?

Scaling is the process of removing dental plaque and tartar, also known as calculus, off the surfaces of your teeth carefully. Scaling is performed by our skilled and experienced dental hygienists during your dental hygiene visit. Scaling ensures that biofilm, plaque, and calculus removal is performed optimally from tooth structures, especially in places where it tends to accumulate, like along the gumline, under the gumline, and in between the teeth. The dental hygienist performs this treatment with the help of special dental tools and uses adjunctive methods for optimal results.

Why is scaling important?

Scaling is typically a major and routine part of dental cleaning appointments and is a crucial part of preserving good oral hygiene and overall dental health. Here are some reasons why scaling is essential:
  • A sticky, invisible layer of germs called dental plaque (biofilm) grows on your teeth over time. If left untreated or untouched, it may result in tooth decay and gum disease
  • When plaque is not properly removed, it can harden into tartar (a calcified deposit) that can only be removed by scaling.
  • Scaling helps in maintaining good oral health. Removing tartar can help in protecting the gums from inflammation and infection.
  • Dental scaling is a preventative procedure to avoid more serious dental problems which can later result in periodontal disease, bone loss, and in worse cases tooth loss.

How is scaling done?

Oral examination: A visual checkup for problems in your mouth will be done by the dentist/dental hygienist. X-rays: Can be taken for a more thorough assessment if needed along with periodontal pocket readings. Plaque and Tartar Removal: A registered and skilled dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar by using special dental equipment. At Clean Smiles Dental Hygiene Clinic, we perform scaling followed by GBT – Guided Biofilm Therapy with Air Flow. Deep Cleaning (if required): It involves the thorough cleaning below the gumline and smooth root surfaces. Scaling and polishing of teeth: Your teeth will be polished to remove any surface stains and to make the surface smooth. Fluoride Application (optional): To strengthen your teeth enamel, fluoride application can be used by the dental hygienist. Follow-up Appointments: Your dental hygienist will guide and instruct you how to maintain your oral health at home and/or if you need subsequent visits to finish the scaling.

Teeth scaling is harmful, is it a myth or a fact?

You may have heard that scaling makes your teeth more sensitive, but that’s not entirely true. The fact is that when a dental hygienist removes tartar during scaling, your teeth are exposed to the oral environment for the time being, which may cause some sensitivity. Though, as the tissues reattach to your gums, this sensation naturally goes away after a few days. We also offer many other non-invasive treatment options to stop the sensitivity during your dental hygiene visits and after the dental hygiene appointment. Some people wrongly believe that scaling weakens the teeth. Scaling, in fact, helps to strengthen your teeth by removing plaque biofilm and calculus buildup, which can weaken and sometimes damage the tooth structure if left for a longer period of time. Regular scaling is essential for keeping teeth strong and stopping future tooth loss. Therefore, it’s important to maintain the health and integrity of your smile.

Looking for gentle scaling or teeth cleaning services nearby?

In order to maintain your optimal oral health and protect your healthy smile for a lifetime, at Clean Smiles Dental Hygiene Clinic in Edmonton, we have expert dental hygienists who will not only perform the scaling procedure efficiently but will also guide you to maintain a healthy oral care routine at home to keep your teeth healthy and strong for your lifetime. Call us at 780 800 6655 or book your dental hygiene visit today at Clean Smiles Dental, Edmonton North.

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