Scaling involves the removal of dental plaque, calculus and stains from the tooth surfaces so that the teeth become clean and smooth.

Purpose

To remove dental plaque, calculus and stains to prevent guml disease

Photograph of lower front teeth with calculus before scaling.
Before scaling
Photograph of the clean lower front teeth after scaling.
After scaling
Procedures for scaling
  • Use hand instrument or ultrasonic cleaning device to remove plaque, calculus or stain from the tooth surfaces.
  • Use a special cleaning paste to polish the tooth surfaces until they are clean and smooth.
    Animation showing the use of ultrasonic cleaning device to remove stains from the tooth surfaces resulting in clean teeth ultimately.
Points to note after scaling

If you have gum disease, you may experience slight discomfort and gum bleeding for a few days after scaling. However, you should still pay attention to clean your teeth properly. The situation will gradually get better.