Tooth Cleaning & Polishing

It is often done by a dental hygienist. Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling and tooth polishing and debridement if too much tartar has accumulated. This involves the use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth.

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Most dentist offices recommend selective polishing. This means that your dental hygienist should only be shining the stained portions of your teeth and not the entire set. That’s because some research has shown that regularly polishing all of your teeth could result in enamel removal.

Many people mistakenly believe that teeth cleaning and teeth whitening are the same thing.  Teeth may become stained for a variety of reasons, ranging from plaque buildup to certain types of food to tobacco use and more. Teeth whitening removes stains and restores the natural white of your teeth.