Commonly known as “Professional cleaning” involves the use of hand instruments and ultrasonic scalers to detect and remove deposits of plaque on the teeth.
Scaling may be defined as a procedure to remove calculus (tartar), soft deposits (plaque) and stains from the teeth. Calculus removal is part of each professional tooth cleaning.
Tooth Polishing may be defined as a procedure to remove stains remaining on the teeth after thorough scaling.
Tooth polishing is not a procedure that cleans infected, diseased gum tissue and root surfaces. This is only a superficial cleaning and will not eliminate disease or get it under control. However it is a preventive procedure and is a first-line defense against catastrophic dental problems.
Tooth cleaning should be done by your dentist or a licensed professional in the dental office as the improper use of a prophy cup and abrasive paste can have harmful effects on the teeth.