Are you considering scaling or polishing your teeth, but aren’t sure if it will damage your teeth or make them weak? If yes, you are not alone. Many people are skeptical about opting for these procedures because of what a friend, family member, or an article online said about them.

Well, the truth, as you will soon come to see in this article is that both procedures are safe. That said, it is worth noting that these procedures aren’t for everyone. People with sensitive teeth or cavities aren’t good candidates for these procedures.

In this article, we are going to be taking a look at the perks and downsides of scaling and polishing the teeth.

Teeth scaling       

Teeth scaling is an oral procedure that is done to remove plaque and strengthen the teeth. The procedure is usually recommended for people with gum issues, tooth infections, and other periodontal conditions. Teeth scaling is also known as root planing.

What happens during a teeth scaling procedure


To ensure that you don’t experience much discomfort during the procedure, your dentist may use a local anesthetic. 


A handheld device, which is known as a scaler will be used to remove plaque buildup from the teeth. Note that there are other high-tech instruments (lasers and ultrasonic devices) that can also be used to remove plaque buildup.

Your dentist may recommend antimicrobial agents or antibiotics to ensure that the treated area heals quickly.

Benefits of teeth scaling

Reduce pocket gap

After a careful review of 72 journal articles, researchers found that teeth scaling can help reduce the gap between the gum and the teeth. Studies have shown that reducing the space between the teeth and the gum can help reduce the risk of tooth decay and tissue loss.

Brighter teeth

Besides removing plaque from your teeth, the scaling process can make your teeth look brighter. You see, the buildup of plaque or calculus may make your teeth appear yellow. As soon as they are removed, your teeth are going to have a shiny, bright, and polished look.

 Fresh breath

As you likely know, plaque buildup is one of the main causes of bad breath. After a teeth scaling procedure, there will be less plaque in your mouth. This will have a positive effect on your breath.

Prevent periodontal condition

Scaling your teeth is an excellent way to prevent common oral conditions from occurring.  

Risks associated with teeth scaling

Contrary to popular belief, teeth scaling is a safe procedure that doesn’t weaken or damage the teeth. To prevent any complications from springing up, your dentist may ask you to use a special type of mouth wash and to take oral antibiotics.

Be sure to contact your health care practitioner if you experience any of these symptoms. 

· Fever

· Severe pain

· If the area doesn’t heal

Keep in mind that you may experience side effects like sensitivity and tenderness in your gum after the procedure. You shouldn’t be worried if you experience these side effects, as they will subside after a couple of days or weeks. However, if they don’t, you should contact your dentist.  

An overview of tooth polishing

Tooth polishing is an oral procedure that is done to smoothen the enamel (outer layer of the teeth). Many people have the notion that tooth polishing is a cosmetic procedure that only improves the looks of the teeth. But that is far from the truth. Several studies have shown that tooth polishing can help prevent tooth decay and improve our breath.

What happens during a teeth polishing procedure

Below is an overview of everything that goes on during a tooth polishing procedure.


A dentist will inspect your teeth for cavities, weak spots, and decay.


Before your teeth are polished, your dentist will first scrape the tartar and plaque on your teeth. Your dentist may use a scaler to remove plaque buildup.


Here your teeth will be polished to make them smooth and brighter. Next, your teeth will be flossed and coated.

Benefits of tooth polishing

Less plaque

Polishing your teeth will go a long way in improving your oral health, as it helps to reduce plaque and tartar. Having less plaque will make you less prone to oral conditions like tooth decay and cavities.  

Eliminate bacteria

As can be seen in this study, tooth polishing can help eliminate the bacteria on the teeth. 

White smile

Tooth polishing is an excellent procedure that can give you the white smile that you always wanted.

Polishing your teeth is home

Presently, many oral products on the market claim to polish the teeth and make them brighter. Many of these products contain ingredients like charcoal and baking soda.

While some of these products may be effective and yield good results, it is best to avoid them. There is always a chance that they will damage your teeth.

Risks associated with teeth polishing

If your teeth are polished by your dentist, the chance of a complication occurring afterward will be small. However, if you use over-the-counter products, you may experience the following issues.

· Wear down the tooth

· Damage to the tooth

· Irritation of the gum

Final note

Do you want to whiten your teeth, reduce plaque, and improve your oral health? If yes, you should consider opting for a tooth polishing or scaling procedure. These procedures are safe and don’t cause any complications when done correctly.

To ensure that you get the best result you should not carry out these procedures at home, as you may damage your teeth.