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Dental Scaling

Dental scaling is a procedure done to remove excess plaque and tartar build-up on the tooth and root surface. Scaling can be done manually or with the help of an ultrasonic machine called a scaler. Scaling prevents gum diseases.

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I have black plaque in my teeth. How to remove it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 18-year-old boy. I had teeth cleaning last month, and I have been brushing my teeth twice, early in the morning and before going to bed, and flossing every night. And this is the first time there is a black plaque in one of my teeth, and I thought it was just food stuck, but when I...  Read Full »

Dr. Alfiya K Jamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are taking good care of your oral hygiene. However, you have crowding and maligned teeth in that area, so the food particles can easily get stuck into that area and can not be easily removed. So it depends on how long the contact of deposits is happening in that ...  Read Full »

Is it normal to bleed while cleaning the teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have gone to see a different dentist after I retire. My first appointment with the new dentist, they took x-rays, and the dental hygienist started to clean my teeth. She noticed an excess cement that was from my crown procedure a couple of years ago and stated that it had to be remove...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I saw the attachment you provided for example and got your point. (attachment provided to protect patient identity). Removing excess cement stuck in between the crown and natural tooth is a correct procedure. This excess cement flow happe...  Read Full »

I have cuts in my gums. Is it caused by tooth cleaning?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the dentist for a teeth-cleaning on Wednesday. On Thursday, I noticed that the floor of my mouth on the bottom right side felt sore. When I looked with a light, I noticed a couple of cuts that were kind of like paper cuts. They bleed when I brush. The pain can be managed som...  Read Full »

Dr. V. N. Narendran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You mentioned about the bleeding of the gums after scaling. Usually, you can see bleeding gums and cut-like appearance near the border of the gingiva due to one of the following reasons. Heavy calculus deposits masks the inflamed gingiva Mild trauma may occur during...  Read Full »

I have stains on misaligned teeth. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 21 years old. Since childhood, some of my teeth are sort of crisscross. So the accumulation of food has led to yellow spots in some places. I brush once a day but properly. I consulted a dentist and she suggested me to get my teeth cleaned. But that is not a permanent solution. W...  Read Full »

Dr. Sangeetha Bastan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your teeth are actually crowded. So, deposition of food and stains have lead to these brown marks on your teeth. You can opt for scaling and polishing, and brush your teeth twice daily regularly. Second option, is veneering. Now let me ask you some questions. Are you a ...  Read Full »

Why is there burning sensation in the gums and palate after tooth cleaning?

Query: Hello doctor, Two months ago, I underwent tooth cleaning by a dentist, and they have damaged my gums. Because of this teeth cleaning, I have further symptoms: I have a burning sensation on the palate and the gums. I am having pressure on my teeth whenever they come in contact with sugar, fruit sug...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sometimes taking too much medication also causes these burning, which you are describing. I went through all your attachments. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). For now, I would suggest stopping so many mouthwashes and toothpaste that you are taking...  Read Full »

My brother has gum pain after scaling. Kindly suggest medicine.

Query: Hello doctor, My younger brother aged 18 years, is having teeth bleeding from a month. So I suggested him to consult a dentist and he went for it. As no one was there to guide him about what to do, he got into a trap by some brokers and they took him to their doctor. The doctor said it is pyorrhea...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The best therapy for healing of gums after scaling is as follows: 1. Saline water mouth rinses. Take a cup of lukewarm water, put 1/4th teaspoon of salt in it and do its rinses twice a day, mandatory for two weeks. New and healthy gums grow every 14 days so they will b...  Read Full »

What are the alternative to veneers to treat brown stains on teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the dentist. I have dark brown stains on my teeth. He said it is from drinking fizzy drink and the only way to fix it is veneers. Is this true?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, these are now internal stains that cannot be simply removed through scaling. One of the causes for these kinds of stains is fizzy drinks, others may include taking Iron supplements for long, or may be due to the use of extra fluoride in water during childhood like ...  Read Full »

I had scaling done with unsterilized instruments. Should I worry?

Query: Hello doctor,I visited a hospital where a student, unaware that the instruments were not sterilized, performed hand scaling on four patients, including myself. My instruments were disinfected but not sterilized before the procedure, and genuine bleeding occurred during scaling from the gingiva. Give...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Kindly provide your accurate age and family medical history, including any cancer, medical conditions, hepatitis (inflammation of the liver), or HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) in your immediate family. This informatio...  Read Full »

I am having continuous bleeding while brushing after removal of braces. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I just got my braces removed today and have been getting some heavy bleeding when brushing my teeth, should I continue to brush my teeth while it bleeds or just stop?  Read Full »

Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern regarding the dental health. Bleeding gums after removal of braces is a very common problem among all. So first of all, consult your dentist for scaling to remove local inflammatory factors. Till the time do gargles with mouthwash after eve...  Read Full »

What does green discoloration of upper front tooth indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a crack that runs from my two front top teeth and it has a green color and is noticeable when I smile. It is near the gum line but causes no pain. Do I need a dentist checkup?  Read Full »

Dr. Sourendra Nath Basu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, you need to visit your dentist as early as possible. Those green lines are basically a form of "calcified plaque or calculus" in medical term and the reason behind their green color can be chromogenic bacteria. These plaques are needed to be removed at the earl...  Read Full »

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