Dental polishing in healthcare refers to the process of smoothing and shining the surfaces of teeth, typically after cleaning and scaling (removal of plaque, tartar and stains) or after placing a filling. Polishing removes any rough or uneven surfaces, making the teeth feel smooth and clean. It also helps to remove any surface stains and discoloration, resulting in a brighter, more attractive smile.
In healthcare, dental polishing is typically performed by a dental hygienist or a dentist. The process is done using a slow-speed handpiece and a rubber cup or point that is filled with a fine polishing paste. The paste is usually made of fine abrasive particles such as aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate. The rubber cup or point is placed against the tooth surface and is moved in a circular motion to remove any rough or uneven surfaces. The process may also include the use of a prophy jet, which uses water, air and a fine powder to polish the teeth.
Dental polishing is an important step in maintaining oral hygiene and it is typically done at the end of a cleaning appointment. It helps to remove any surface stains and discoloration, and leaves the teeth feeling smooth and clean. It is also important to remove the debris from the margins of the fillings or restorations to help to prevent decay and sensitivity.
It is important to note that dental polishing should not be done excessively as it may remove too much tooth structure and can lead to tooth sensitivity. It is best to consult with the dental professional to determine the appropriate frequency of polishing for individual patient needs.
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