Teeth Cleaning and Polishing

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  • Category: Preventive Dental Care
  • Service: Teeth Cleaning & Polishing
  • Doctor: Dr. Pranali Zodpe

Daily brushing and flossing might not be enough to keep your oral health in good condition for a long period of time. In order to maintain oral hygiene and stay away from any severe dental ailments, you should get regular teeth cleaning and polishing done.

What is Teeth Cleaning and Polishing?

While teeth cleaning is done to scrape out the accumulated plaque and calculus deposits from your teeth, teeth polishing removes the stains from teeth and makes them bright and shiny. It is best to get this process done by your dentist at least twice a year to keep up with a good oral health and hygiene.

The Procedures Involved in Teeth Cleaning

Usually the teeth cleaning and polishing treatment has three major steps. Here these are:


With small angled mirror and an Ultrasonic scaler your dentist scrapes out the plaque and tartar in between the teeth and the gum line.


After scraping out all the plaques, your dentist will polish your teeth to make them smooth and brighter. Using a device with soft rubber cup and an abrasive material- Prophylaxisn paste, your dentist removes all the stains from your teeth.

Fluoride Treatment

It is the last part of teeth cleaning and polishing. Fluoride is used to help your teeth fight against cavity. Your dentist will make use of a flavoured fluoride to do this.

Why You Should Do Teeth Cleaning and Polishing?

Your saliva contains calcium and other elements, which works as protection shield for your teeth. However, with time this may cause tartar build up on your teeth, providing an ultimate place for bacteria to thrive. Your dentist performs teeth cleaning and polishing to remove the tartars and plaques from your teeth and even below the gum line, thus allowing you to prevent any kind of dental or gum diseases. The main benefits of teeth cleaning and polishing are listed below:

  • It helps to prevent the serious gum diseases
  • Keeps your breath absolutely fresh and odour less
  • It helps to detect various dental problems at early stage
  • Removes stains caused by coffee or tobacco to brighten up your smile

Teeth cleaning cost is far less than other dental treatments and dentures. Just by spending a little amount of money you can not only maintain your oral hygiene but can also prevent serious gum and teeth diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions

Teeth polishing is done to smooth the surfaces of teeth and restorations and purpose of polishing is to remove extrinsic stains, remove dental plaque accumulation, increase aesthetics and to reduce corrosion of metallic restorations.

The main advantage of Teeth polishing over the Teeth scaling (deep cleaning of the teeth) is that it is a painless procedure. Periodic polishing of teeth ensures that there is no build up of plaque and tartar. The enamel of your Teeth is preserved.

Teeth scaling is essential in order to remove deposits and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

It is essential that you visit the dentist at least every six months.

Scaling – Specialized cleaning instruments are used to gently break down the plaque or tartar deposits without causing damage to the soft gums

Polishing – Once complete elimination of tartar deposits is achieved,  special prophylactic pastes  are applied  to the Teeth surfaces and polished with rubber cups and polishing brushes attached to a handpiece.