Our teeth are set in our jaw and have a cushy, soft layer of tissue that sits around them holding them in place. This is of course our gums and although we are told over and over that proper brushing and flossing are essential to keep our mouths healthy, some of us still don’t do it, or don’t do it properly enough.
Enter the professional dental cleaning that may or may not include scaling. No, we’re not talking about scaling the wall or anything like that, instead scaling is a type of scraping that dental hygienists do to get rid of unwanted plaque that gets in between our teeth and down into our gums.
When gums are healthy they are nice and pink and they don’t bleed when we brush. They also secure the teeth tightly which is another sign of a healthy mouth. With gum disease, however they gums become more loose around the teeth and these little gaps and pockets allow more bacteria in. Saliva, bacteria and proteins in our mouths form a layer that covers the teeth. When we eat and drink food particles, acids and sugar from our foods stick to this film creating a buildup that they call plaque. That layer of plaque that is under the gum line that regular brushing can’t always get to means that we then need to have a scaling procedure done.
Scaling is a deep clean of your mouth, it is a common procedure that really doesn’t cause much pain other than sensitive or sore gums after. The practitioner will simply rub the teeth under the gums and scratch off the plaque that has gotten in there with a thin, small instrument. The more we brush and floss each day, the more healthy our gums will be and the less likely you will need extensive scaling.
Scaling is usually covered by most insurance plans and is part of the regular professional cleaning that most of us have each year. It doesn’t hurt and will give your mouth a clean feeling after, knowing that the pesky plaque is gone and your teeth and gums are the best they can be.
The experts recommend to disperse the germs that cause plaque and not give them time to adhere to our teeth, and we can do that by simply rinsing our mouth with water after eating or drinking sugary or acidic foods.
Source by Amanda J Hales