Importance of the scaling process
As you know, brushing and flossing twice a day is the best way of dislodging plaque. When plaque is not completely removed, it hardens and becomes tartar. Unfortunately, tartar can only be removed by a dental professional.
After the examination, the dental hygienist will proceed with the scaling process. Cleaning is done with a special metal scraper designed for removing tartar. Once the tartar has been removed, the hygienist will polish your teeth to remove any surface stains. For polishing, a grainy paste is applied with an electric toothbrush. Finally, to ensure that all areas have been well cleaned, the hygienist will finish the session with dental floss.
If you skip dentist appointments and cleanings, you run the risk of developing chronic halitosis (persistent bad breath). Your gums may also become seriously affected. Untreated gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss for patients 35 years and under.