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Regular, high-quality dental care is vital for maintaining good oral health and averting dental issues such as gum diseases (known as periodontal diseases) and cavities.

Scaling and polishing, a specific type of teeth cleaning, is a common dental procedure in Singapore that helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This post will discuss the significant processes and why you should choose scaling and polishing services for your dental needs.

What Is Dental Scaling and Polishing?

Scaling and polishing are two essential components of oral hygiene. These two procedures are complementary and are usually performed together during routine dental cleaning appointments.

Scaling removes plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, including those hard-to-reach areas. Polishing, on the other hand, removes residual stains and smoothens the teeth due to the rough texture caused by dental scaling, giving you a fresh and clean feeling. Tooth polishing can also help to prevent discolouration, enhancing the appearance of your teeth.
Do note that these procedures are entirely non-invasive, allowing individuals to undergo the treatment without concern.

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Do I Need Teeth Scaling and Polishing?

Absolutely, yes. Everyone can benefit from regular teeth scaling and polishing to maintain healthy teeth, but certain factors may indicate a greater need for these dental treatment procedures. If you have a history of gum disease, excessive plaque or tartar buildup, or if you smoke, you may require more frequent scaling and polishing. The procedure may take longer than its normal range. On average, the procedure can take from 30 minutes to an hour.

Dentists recommend a tooth cleaning that includes scaling and polishing at least once every six months, but the frequency may vary depending on your needs.

Benefits of Teeth Scaling and Polishing

Teeth scaling and polishing are dental treatments that contribute to maintaining good oral health. Here are some of the key benefits of teeth scaling and polishing:

Fresh Breath

Removing plaque and tartar eliminates the bacteria that produce a foul smell that contributes to bad breath, also known as halitosis. This may be caused by food and drink consumption, tobacco, and poor oral health care.

Scaling and polishing remove these bacterial deposits, leaving your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.

Removes Plaque and Tartar

Plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth not only affects your dental health but can also lead to gum disease if left untreated. Both contain bacteria that can irritate your gums and can eventually lead to gingivitis.

Scaling and polishing effectively remove these harmful substances from the teeth and along the gum line, minimising the risk of gum inflammation and infection.

Improves Teeth Appearance

Scaling and polishing can enhance the overall appearance of your teeth by removing unwanted surface stains caused by smoking, coffee, tea, or certain foods. This cleaning process helps restore the natural shine of your teeth, giving you a brighter and more confident smile.

Prevents Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Scaling and polishing can help prevent dental decay and gum disease progression by removing hardened plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums—deposits that regular brushing and flossing alone cannot effectively remove. This promotes healthier teeth and reduces the need for dental fillings or other restorative treatments. If not removed regularly, these oral health issues can lead to more severe complications.

Scaling and Polishing Procedure


During your initial consultation, our dentist will evaluate your dental health, thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, and discuss your concerns and treatment goals. This assessment will guide us in developing a personalised scaling and polishing plan tailored to your needs.

Teeth Scaling

Scaling involves the careful removal of dental plaque and tartar using professional dental instruments. During this process, our dentist will gently scale the surfaces of your teeth, paying close attention to the gum line and areas prone to buildup.

Our dentist might use two methods to perform the procedure depending on your oral condition: manual scaling or using ultrasonic instruments.

You may also be asked to rinse your mouth occasionally to expel debris that was removed.

Tools that our dentists used for the scaling process:

  • Dental Scaler: A handheld tool with a thin, hook-shaped tip that scrapes away any hard deposits of tartar, plaque, and stains from the teeth.
  • Curette: This is similar to a handheld scaler with a curved, spoon-shaped tip. It is used to remove plaque and calculus from below the gum line.
  • Ultrasonic Scaler: A dental tool that uses high-frequency vibrations to help break up the hardened deposits on the teeth. This tool is convenient and more efficient than manual scaling as it can help reduce the time needed for cleaning.

Teeth Polishing

Casa Dental provides a range of dental treatments focusing on progressive dental services to local and expatriate patients from young to old. It comprises a team of dedicated and experienced dental professionals that provide patients with optimal dental health and a beautiful smile.

Casa Dental addresses dental health concerns by providing services for customer satisfaction. The treatments, flexible payment, and branches throughout Singapore for accessibility help you achieve a natural, healthier and brighter smile.

Once scaling has been completed, your teeth will undergo polishing to smoothen your tooth surfaces and remove any remaining stains. Our dentist typically uses a dental polishing tool with a rotating rubber cup or spinning brush (just like how an electric toothbrush works), and a polishing paste called prophylaxis or "prophy paste" is applied to your teeth in a circular motion.

The polishing process not only boosts the appearance of your teeth but also helps avoid future plaque buildup.

Cost of Scaling & Polishing in Singapore

In Singapore, the average cost of Scaling and Polishing treatments ranges from $80-$150. This can vary depending on the duration, condition of the teeth, the complexity of the procedure, and individual patient needs.

Our pricing list:
Scaling and Polishing$80 - onwards (+ GST)non-Medisave claimable
Fluoride Treatment (if only required)$25 + GSTnon-Medisave claimable
Consultation (if only required)$20 + GSTnon-Medisave claimable


We offer affordable dental care without compromising quality. At Casa Dental, if you are a CHAS/MG/PG cardholder, you may receive subsidies listed below:

Scaling (claim limits: up to 2 scaling per calendar year)

  • CHAS Blue Tier: $30.00
  • Merdeka Generation: $35.00
  • Pioneer Generation: $40.00

Polishing (claim limits: up to 2 polishing per calendar year)

  • CHAS Blue Tier: $20.50
  • Merdeka Generation: $25.50
  • Pioneer Generation: $30.50

We also provide flexible payment options, including dental insurance, in-house instalment, and all major credit cards with 0% interest installment.

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Why Choose Casa Dental for Scaling and Polishing?

At Casa Dental, we prioritise your oral health and provide exceptional dental care in a comfortable and friendly environment. Our expert dental health professionals are dedicated to delivering personalised treatment plans, ensuring your utmost satisfaction.

With advanced facilities and dental technologies, we strive to provide high-quality care for your scaling and polishing needs. Your well-being is our top priority, and we look forward to serving you with professionalism and expertise.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can scaling and polishing damage my teeth?

Is scaling and polishing painful?

Scaling and polishing are typically painless procedures. However, you may experience some discomfort during the process, especially if you have inflamed gums and sensitive teeth.

In some cases, anaesthesia may be used to numb the area. Our dentists will ensure your comfort throughout the procedure and address any concerns you may have.

How often should I do scaling and polishing?

The frequency of scaling and polishing depends on your individual oral health needs. Generally, it is recommended to undergo these procedures every 6 months.

How long do scaling and polishing take?

The duration of scaling and polishing can vary depending on the tartar buildup, the extent of plaque and the complexity of your case. On average, the procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes. Our dentists will give you a more accurate estimate during your consultation.

Do scaling and polishing whiten teeth?

While scaling and polishing can help remove slight tooth discolouration, they are not teeth whitening procedures. However, by removing stubborn stains and restoring the natural shine of your teeth, they can significantly enhance the overall appearance of your smile.

Moreover, teeth stains can be treated. If you're looking to whiten your current colour of teeth, it is essential to consult your dentist for professional teeth whitening treatment.

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