Scale and Polish From the Dental Hygienist

Polishing is often the final step in cleaning and scaling teeth, along with various other processes. The process of this method polishes and smoothes teeth and removes stains.

Polishing is often used as the final step in dental procedures such as cleaning and exfoliating (deep root cleaning) or in restoration processes such as replacing crowns. Some stains are removed when the surface of the restoration or tooth is polished and smoothed. 

As a final touch, the dentist or health care professional at cleans the patient's teeth after routine scaling, cleaning, and planning processes. Your dentist can polish additional restorations such as a crown or composite. 

Your dentist will use a rubber polishing cup or prophylactic jet polish. There is polishing paste inside this cup, which is located on the tip that rotates on the surface of the tooth. You can compare this to gently grinding and aligning your teeth.

The jet profile – so named because it uses baking soda and a water jet – is used as a high-pressure cleaner to smooth and polish teeth. Both procedures work great for giving teeth a smooth, silky appearance and removing multiple blemishes.

While polishing is not uncommon and can help in some cases, it is not necessary for regular cleaning. Your dentist will answer all your questions about when and why they recommend brushing your teeth. Polishing removes the fluoride-rich outer layer of your tooth enamel to prevent tooth decay.