Why do hygienists perform Teeth Scaling?
What Is Tooth Scaling and Why Do I Need It?
Tartar is plaque that has had time to harden and is that white (sometimes yellow) substance found at the base of the tooth just above the gumline. Tartar is usually not removed with standard brushing and flossing and usually requires coming into the San Jose dental office and seeing the dental hygienist for a proper and thorough removal.
Tooth scaling is a service that involves using a tool that is specifically designed to break apart and remove tartar. We gently run the tooth scaling tool along the front and back surfaces of teeth that have any signs of tartar which effectively cleans the gumline and smooths the tooth enamel. Every time you come in for a dental checkup, tooth scaling is performed to help prevent future dental problems such as cavities and gum disease.