Routine cleaning of teeth with a stainless steel instrument, the Ultra Sonic Scaler, operating at a very high frequency is referred to as scaling.
Brushing is only partially effective in cleaning the teeth. If one also regularly uses inter dental brushes and dental floss, the results improve significantly. However, none of these ensure total removal of dental plaque from the teeth surfaces.
Hence, we always recommend you to visit a dentist for a routine dental check up once every 6 months, and then if need be you can be advised to get scaling done.
Usually, a topical or surface anaesthetic spray or ointment is used to numb the gums and other soft tissues prior to scaling. Scaling and polishing is done only to remove the deposits on the surface of the teeth and at the junction of the gums and teeth. These deposits if left in situ causes inflammation of the “gingiva”, commonly know as gums and resultant weakening of the structures surrounding the teeth. In the long run thus can also cause perfectly healthy teeth to shake and fall off.
Scaling, as a rule cannot erode enamel, thing down teeth and make spaces occur between them. If anything, scaling helps improve health of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth, “The Periodontium”.