Scaling, polish & flouride therapy
Full-service dental clinic providing scaling, polish & flouride therapy in Thornhill
Tooth polishing is a dental procedure that leaves you with a glossy-clean tooth enamel. Typically, tooth polishing is performed in a routine cleaning appointment. However, it gets better! When combined with dental scaling, this procure not only polishes your smile aesthetically but it also refreshes your breath and helps avoid tooth decay.
A typical tooth cleaning routine involves three steps:
- Your teeth are inspected for decay and weaknesses in the enamel.
- Plaque and tartar are scraped from the surfaces of your teeth in a process called scaling.
- Lastly, your teeth are buffed and polished to remove staining before being flossed and topped with a protective layer of fluoride.
Although regular tooth polishing alone does not prevent gum disease, having your teeth polished and scaled can significantly decrease plaque buildup on your teeth. Having less plaque will better preserve tooth enamel (which is impossible to restore once it is gone). Tooth polishing also removes bacteria from the surface of your teeth and leaves a smooth finish which makes it difficult for bacteria to stick onto your teeth in the future.
Scaling is the procedure in which tartar and plaque are scraped from the teeth. Special tools are used to reach the places your toothbrush might miss. When combined together, scaling and polishing bring out a healthy smile with a smooth and clean finish to the teeth.
Tooth polishing is generally considered a safe procedure for all and does not require any special preparations. It is important to note that polishing alone does not prevent tooth decay unless it is combined with a cleaning routine that includes scaling and flossing at the dentist’s office.
If a patient has severe erosion or wear on their teeth, polishing may be limited. Furthermore, for patients with highly sensitive teeth, cup polishing may be recommended as it is more gentle.
To keep your teeth clean and their glossy best, a routine involving polishing and scaling is recommended every 6 months. For those with a faster accumulation of plaque buildup, or with periodontal issues, polishing may be recommended up to every 2 months.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used as an essential part of oral health treatment for decades. Fluoride supports healthy teeth by strengthening the enamel to better protect the teeth from harmful bacteria (tooth enamel is the outer protective layer of each tooth).
Fluoride is especially important if you’re at a high risk for developing cavities. Cavities occur when bacteria build up on the teeth and gums and form a sticky layer of plaque. Plaque produces an acid that erodes teeth and gum tissue. If plaque breaks through the protective enamel layer, bacteria can infect and harm the nerves and blood at the core of the tooth.
Our dentists provide professional fluoride treatments using a highly concentrated rinse, foam, gel, or varnish.
These treatments deliver fluoride at a concentration that exceeds that in water and toothpaste, making it a much stronger treatment than anything at home. Fluoride treatments only take a few minutes to apply, and you may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes until the fluoride is fully absorbed.
You can get fluoride in two ways:
- Topically from toothpaste and treatments from your dentist
- Systematically from water and dietary supplements
It’s best to get fluoride both topically and systemically.
It is recommended that you have fluoride treatments every 3, 6, or 12 months, depending on your oral health. If you’re at a high risk for cavities, a fluoride rinse or gel may be prescribed to you for regular use at home.
The following can increase your risk of cavities:
- excessive drug or alcohol use
- eating disorder
- poor oral hygiene
- lack of professional dental care
- poor diet
- dry mouth, or decreased saliva
- weak enamel
Common sources of dietary fluoride include:
- food cooked in water
- fish eaten with their bones
- infant formula
At Emerald Dental Clinic, our specialized staff is ready to bring your oral health to its absolute best! Book an appointment for our dental cleaning treatments and experience the refreshing feeling of running your tongue along a glossy-clean, smooth set of teeth!
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My experience at Emerald Dental Care was excellent from beginning to end. The staff jumped through hoops to accommodate my special circumstances, and I wasn’t even a regular patient – it was my first time visiting the office. I called them explaining that my benefits were ending in a few days and that I was in a rush to get some complicated dental work done which my regular dentist couldn’t complete in time. The whole office pulled strings, strategized, and did whatever they could do to ensure the procedure was done on time. I’ve never felt so appreciated before by strangers. Besides their kindness and sincerity, they’re also highly professional: the procedure went perfectly. I highly recommend Emerald Dental Care.
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Today was my 2-year-old daughter’s first dental appointment. My wife and I were predicting to have a tough day but surprisingly Dr. Saeidi turned it to a very pleasant day using her professional skills and experiences. She did 2 dental fillings and complete exam and cleaning on her teeth and my daughter didn’t even move her head or didn’t even cry for a moment. I’m so glad that I have come to this dental office based on my friend’s referral and more importantly founded a very positive mentality for my daughter that I’m sure will last for good.
As a member of a large healthcare facility in Toronto, I can surely say; this dental office is going to be referred and held in the highest regard. The administration staff are welcoming and personable, the dental assistants are efficient and polite and Dr. Saeidi was compassionate, wonderful bedside manner, wonderful demeanor, succinct, and efficient. It was the best dental experience I have ever had and I will be recommending them to anyone I know that comes to me with a dental question. Thank you all!!!
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