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Everything You Need to Know About Tooth Polishing Procedure


Tooth polishing is a dental procedure that makes your teeth look stain-free, smooth, and glossy. Teeth whitening can improve the aesthetics of teeth and helps prevent teeth problems.

At many dental clinics, teeth polishing are part of a standard routine cleaning procedure. When paired with dental scaling, it freshens up your breath and prevents tooth decay.

Before you take your teeth polishing appointment, here is everything you need to know about the procedure.

What is tooth polishing?

Tooth polishing is a painless dental procedure in which the dentist uses either a slow speed dental drill or a rubber cup to clean and polish the teeth. Many dentists prefer to use an air-polishing system loaded with baking soda that is not abrasive and does not wear away teeth enamel.

Tooth polishing procedure

  • First, the dentist will inspect your teeth for any decay and weak spots in the enamel.
  • In the scaling process, the dentist will then scrap all the tartar and plaque from the surface of your teeth.
  • Your teeth will be buffed and polished to remove stains.
  • Your teeth will then be flossed and topped with a protective fluoride coat.

Benefits of tooth polishing

  • Prevents cavities – Plaque eats away the tooth enamel. If left unattended, it can lead to tooth cavities. Tooth polishing can remove the whitish film on your teeth. Having less plaque can protect your tooth enamel, which cannot be completely restored once it is eroded.
  • Freshens the breath – Regular polishing can prevent persistent unpleasant breath. It can keep your mouth odor at bay.
  • Prevents tooth loss – Accumulation of plaque causes gum disease and tooth loss. Gum disease destroys the supporting bone in the jaw and causes the teeth to loosen and eventually fall out.
  • Improves overall health – Frequent teeth polishing can help lower the chances of contracting diseases related to the heart. Tooth polishing can help detect early signs of underlying heart disease.

Tooth polishing cost

Typically, tooth polishing is covered by your dental insurance as a part of your routine dental cleaning and check-up. A dental check-up and cleaning can reportedly cost you anywhere between $150 and $300, depending on the dentist you choose and the cost of living in your area.

Polishing teeth at home

There are several home remedies and over-the-counter tooth polishing kits available in the market. Some prefer to use baking soda and activated charcoal to polish their teeth.

Though home remedies are popular for teeth whitening, it can cause abrasion of the enamel, tooth decay, and tooth sensitivity. Dentists recommend avoiding DIY and at-home teeth whitening kits, and instead, visiting a professional for tooth polishing treatment.

Tooth polishing precautions

To keep your teeth shiny and healthy, scaling and polishing every six months is recommended. For those with periodontal issues, tooth polishing every two months is suggested.

If a patient has sensitive teeth or has severe erosion, cup polishing is the best, as it’s less aggressive. Routine cleaning should include scaling, flossing, and polishing to prevent tooth decay. Additionally, patients who suffer from respiratory problems should not have their teeth polished. Finally, those allergic to the abrasive agents should avoid teeth whitening procedures.

Tooth polishing is a simple dental procedure that results in smooth, white, and bacteria-free teeth. Get in touch with your dentist in West Des Moines and get your teeth whitening appointment today.

Plaza Dental Group

Plaza Dental Group is a leading group of dentists in Des Moines, IA that provides high-quality dentistry in a comfortable and stress-free environment. We have a team of caring and highly-skilled professionals that uses state-of-the-art technology and delivers excellent service to the patients. Request an appointment today!

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