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Can Scaling Damage Your Teeth Enamel? Know the Myths and Facts

Can Scaling Damage Your Teeth Enamel? Know the Myths and Facts

March 10, 2022

Scaling or teeth cleaning is a dental procedure recommended by dentists. However, some people have their doubts about getting scaling done as they believe it might weaken their teeth. Let’s read about some myths vs. facts on scaling to get a better idea.

Myth: Scaling loosens teeth

Fact: Scaling can help strengthen the teeth’ hold on surrounding bone and gums.

Ultrasonic scaling cannot loosen the tooth. In patients with too much tartar deposition, teeth might feel loose after scaling because tartar that is tightly stuck around the teeth for so long results in inflamed gums, and when it gets removed, your teeth will naturally feel loose. A few days later the gums heal, resulting in teeth that actually feel firmer.

Myth: Scaling makes teeth sensitive

Fact: Scaling can prevent tooth sensitivity by preventing gum inflammation and recession

It has been there for weeks and even months that suddenly removing it through scaling will require some time for your teeth to adjust to the new temperature. They have become sensitive; they only need time to recover. Of course, scaling done by untrained hands can lead to prolonged sensitivity; this is why you should choose a good dentist.

Myth: Scaling is a cosmetic procedure

Fact: Scaling is important for gum health; it is both cosmetic and therapeutic

The cosmetic aspect of scaling is a good side effect, which is the removal of stains on the teeth to make them look whiter and cleaner. Scaling is needed to ensure gum health. Removing those local irritants can do wonders in improving gum health. It is also important in increasing tooth support, minimizing gum bleeding, and decreasing bad breath.

Myth: Scaling increases spaces in between teeth

Fact: Scaling prevents gum disease and bone loss, thus stopping the opening of gaps

It is not impossible to physically move teeth using a scalar. Also, enamel cannot be cut using this machine. This scaling cannot cause spacing. Spaces seem to appear following a scaling procedure because those spaces have long been there; they were just covered in tartar. Once the disease that causes the tartar is removed, these spaces reappear.

So, are you now convinced? With all the facts backed by science listed above, now you have no more reason to believe those rumours spread by people who know very little about dental care. Value your oral health and get regular scaling. Remember that your smile is worth more than most of your valuable possessions.

 

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