What Is Tooth Polishing?

an Aventura Dentist during cleaning

At the end of your dental cleaning, you may have noticed your Aventura dentist performing a final step: tooth polishing. This procedure adds the finishing touch, leaving your teeth looking brighter and feeling smoother. But what exactly is tooth polishing, and why is it important?  

an Aventura Dentist polishing teeth

Understanding Tooth Polishing 

Tooth polishing is a dental procedure that removes surface stains and plaque from your teeth, leaving them smooth and shiny. It’s often done as part of a routine dental cleaning after your hygienist has removed tartar (calculus) with a scaler.

Tooth polishing is usually painless, although you may feel some slight pressure or vibration during the procedure.

Why Do Dentists Do It? 

Enhanced Aesthetics 

One of the primary reasons for tooth polishing is to enhance the appearance of teeth. By eliminating surface stains caused by food, beverages, and habits like smoking, polishing helps reveal the natural shine of teeth, resulting in a brighter and more attractive smile. 

Prevention of Plaque Build-up 

Despite brushing and flossing, plaque can accumulate on teeth over time, leading to dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth polishing effectively removes this plaque, reducing the risk of oral health problems and promoting healthier gums. 

Improved Oral Health 

Beyond aesthetics, tooth polishing contributes to overall oral health by preventing the accumulation of bacteria and debris on tooth surfaces. This helps in maintaining the integrity of tooth enamel and reducing the likelihood of dental decay and gum inflammation. 

Smooth Tooth Surfaces 

Polishing not only removes surface stains but also smoothens rough areas on the tooth enamel. Smooth tooth surfaces are less susceptible to plaque accumulation, making it easier to maintain oral hygiene between dental visits. 

Aventura Dentist smiling

Looking for an Aventura Dentist?

If you’re due for a check-up and want to experience the benefits of tooth polishing, schedule an appointment at Biscayne Dental Center today. We are ready to help you achieve a brighter smile. Contact us now to book your visit!