Do you have a yellow-brown outline near your gum line? Then, dental scaling can help. This page will cover all that you need to know about it.

Dental Scaling

Dental Scaling & Polishing

The yellowish outline near your gumline is a tartar deposit, also known as calculus.

To remove these, dentists perform scaling. Keep on reading to know more.

What Is Dental Scaling?

Scaling is a common deep cleaning procedure for proper dental hygiene, which is difficult to attain by yourself.

Dentists use a scaler to scrape off all the tartar and plaque buildup along your gum line. [1]

Will Dental Scaling Weaken My Teeth?

The answer is ‘no.‘ It is a common myth that scaling tends to weaken your teeth.

Research shows more than 40% of the population believes that teeth scaling can cause frail teeth and sensitivity. [2]

However, this is not true. Contrary to popular belief, scaling, in reality, improves oral hygiene.

When done correctly, scaling removes the elements contributing to gum diseases and other oral health problems. [3]

When these elements are removed, one may feel that their teeth are weak. But that is due to plaque buildup, and scaling has nothing to do with it.

Does Dental Scaling Cause Sensitivity?

Another common misconception is that scaling causes teeth sensitivity.

When the harmful elements are removed from your teeth, they are exposed to the oral environment.

Your teeth may feel sensitive but it is a temporary feeling which fades away gradually. [4]

Will the Gap Between My Teeth Widen After Dental Scaling?

No, scaling does not increase the gap between your teeth.

Tartar builds up in the space between the teeth as the gum disease worsens. When dentists remove the tartar, you may feel the gap has widened. [5]

Gap between teeth

It is a common myth that scaling widens gap between teeth.

Is Dental Scaling a Painful Procedure?

  • Dental scaling is a non-invasive and painless procedure.
  • The only sensation you’ll feel will be the scraping off your teeth. It might not be a comfortable feeling, but is entirely bearable.
  • You can get dental scaling done without sedation or anesthesia.
  • However, depending on your tolerance, your dentist may apply some numbing cream to reduce discomfort. [6]


So, you must decide whether you’d prefer discomfort for a few minutes or the unbearable pain of gum disease.

Book a dental appointment with us and save yourself from pain and huge dental costs!

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