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Scaling and Polishing

Scaling: Is the removal of mineral deposits that build up on teeth. As bacteria live and breed in these mineral deposits they can cause damage to the gums and bone resulting in periodontal (gum) disease.

Polishing: Is the removal of stains and marks that build up on the teeth and is usually carried out after scaling. Two terms often used by hygienists and therapists who specialise in mouth cleaning and the prevention of periodontal disease are:

1. Gingivitis: Sore swollen gums

2. Periodontitis: Breakdown of bone and gum tissue

Regular scaling and polishing prevents these two conditions occurring.

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