When was the last time you visited the dentist? I’m not sure how long it’s been since your last visit to the dentist, but it’s been ages since my last visit to the dentist. It was 21 years ago since my last visit to the dentist. Now, now, stop chiding me. I know we’re supposed to visit the dentist at least twice a year to maintain optimum dental health, but I’ve developed a strong dislike towards dentists in general after my nightmare of an experience with the dentist as a child. I stopped visiting the dentist since then.
21 years later, I experienced teeth and gums discomforts due to the tartar and plaque buildups over the years to the point that it is difficult to eat and I thought that perhaps, it is time that I stopped resenting dentists and get some help before my oral health worsens.
And so, I dragged myself to Dentessence Dental Clinic to get some help I badly needed.
Dentessence Dental Clinic is located in Petaling Jaya, Selangor Malaysia and it offers all sort of oral health services.
Consultation session with Dr. Ahbirami, my dentist. I was a little scared, to be honest, but unlike the the last dentist I had the misfortune to have treatment with 21 years ago, Dr.Ahbirami is very soft spoken and keep reassuring me that she’ll take good care of me.
During consultation and a brief examination, I was informed that I needed a dental scaling and polishing treatment. I was also told that apart from the nasty plaque and tartar buildups on my teeth, my gums are not in a very good condition too and I need lotsa help in that.
Scaling procedure is being carried by Dr. Ahbirami.
Specialized instruments are used to gently remove plaque and calculus deposits without harming the teeth. Basically, the ultrasonic scaler uses vibrations to loosen hardened tartar that sticks to the teeth or in between the teeth.
Water spray is used to wash away the tartar and plaque debris.
This may look a bit highly graphic and rather uncomfortable, but if you are wondering if this is painful, I assure you that it’s not painful. While I could practically feel all the dirty stuffs being gradually removed from it’s resting place, all I felt was merely strange sensation of my teeth being scraped every now and then.
After about 45 minutes of scaling, it is time for the the polishing procedure to wrap up the session. Teeth polishing is usually carried out after scaling to remove stains and make your teeth feel smooth and shiny. The polishing procedure was done with a soft rubber- dental instrument that spins. A toothpaste-like material is scooped up into the cup and was spun around on the teeth for a little for a good polish.
Polishing just took a little while before the good doctor told me to rinse my mouth with water and mouthwash before finally calling it a wrap.
As far as scaling and polishing goes, it’s quite an experience. While it is painless, it does gives me a strange sensation by the time the procedure ends. I could practically feel my teeth feeling really clean and smooth, which is something I’m not really used to. The surface of the teeth used to feel so coarse and uneven. And there are now tiny gaps in between the teeth as there are no more dirty plaque and tartar filling them up. Strange feeling, but I guess I can get used to it as I like the clean feeling in my mouth.
Here’s the before and after picture of my teeth. Top: before scaling and polishing. Bottom: after scaling and polishing. There’s a huge difference there. Wondering why my teeth still looks very yellow even after the procedure? Well, the original colour of my teeth is very yellow, so there are no changes after teeth cleaning as the yellow colour comes from inside the tooth. Teeth whitening was not part of the treatment. Teeth whitening is strictly for cosmetic purpose where a cosmetic dental procedure that lightens pigmentation within the teeth is carried out. Don’t confuse it with scaling and polishing as it is a procedure that removes dental plaque, tartar and extrinsic stains that are present on the outer surface of the teeth. If I were to whiten my teeth, I got to do it in another appointment.
Post-scaling aftercare is not complicated. All you need to do is brush your teeth as usual, and if your teeth and gums were already in a bad shape prior to the procedure, you might want to remedy that by using toothpastes that’s specially made for sensitive teeth or those that helps fights bleeding gum. They will be very helpful in improving your oral health.
Before I pen down, I’d like to say that
it is vital to visit your dentist every 6 months. Going for your regular dental check up not only helps keep your gums and teeth looking healthy and helps you give an attractive smile, but it also also allows early detection of any serious oral problems such as gum disease, cavities and even oral cancer.
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Check out the my vlog on my recent experience at Dentessence Dental Clinic, Petaling Jaya.
If you haven’t been scaling and polishing your teeth for awhile now, you might wanna take advantage of the offer that Dentessence Dental Clinic, Petaling Jaya is having right now. They are having a Chinese New Year’s promo where scaling and polishing service will only costs you RM198 for 2 pax. Offers valid from 1st Feb – 15 Feb 2018. Terms and conditions appllies*
Here’s my latest picture, taken two days after the scaling and polishing procedure for my commercial advertisement photoshoot with D’Adza Entertainment. I feel much more confident wearing a smile now, thanks to Dentessence Dental Clinic.
For more information on all things oral health, refer to the information below:
Dentessence Dental Clinic
43-2 Jalan PJU 5/11
Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya
Tel : 03-6140 7567
Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays
Walk ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged to avoid long waiting time.