How Does a Professional Tooth Polisher Work?

Boy getting his teeth polished at the dentist

For us at Northside Dental, it’s just as important for your teeth to be healthy as it is for you to love how they look. That’s why we offer services like tooth polishing as well as all of the other preventative and protective measures that go along with a standard cleaning at the dentist.

Today’s blog describes how a professional tooth polisher works when our dental hygienists use one at Northside Dental Clinic.

What is tooth polishing? 

Some people may confuse tooth cleaning and tooth cleaning, thinking that the two are the same. There are subtle differences. If you ask a professional dentist what tooth polishing is, you may get a more accurate answer. The simple answer is that it is a finishing procedure, usually used after teeth cleaning and whitening procedures. Polishing occurs after we remove plaque buildup and before we administer a fluoride rinse to protect your teeth.

How does a dentist polish your teeth?

Polishing is also used to remove surface stains and sometimes bacteria after dental surgery. The standard procedure uses a small rubber cup and fine, medium, or coarse polishing paste. Another method is to use air and water jets and fine abrasives to polish the teeth.

The polisher makes a slight whirring sound as the tip rotates around. The tip is made of soft rubber that conforms to the shape of the surface of each tooth. One of our dental hygienists gently places the polisher on each tooth to remove any stains as it helps the polishing paste cover the entire surface. 

The water method gets in between the small crevices of each tooth for an even better shine. The water jet method uses baking soda to treat deeper or more sensitive stains. 

What are the benefits of polishing my teeth? 

The most obvious benefit of polishing your teeth is that you have a brilliant smile. However, the benefits of polishing your teeth are not just cosmetic. Polishing teeth regularly ensures that no plaque and tartar stays on your teeth, helping you to preserve more of your teeth’s enamel.

Dental plaque and tartar can generate bacteria, causing bad breath and even cardiovascular problems. There is less chance of tooth decay and you can use your teeth for the rest of your life. Negligence can lead to dental infections. 

What is the difference between teeth polishing and teeth whitening?

You might wonder if this procedure is the same as teeth whitening.  Teeth whitening procedures are usually performed by a cosmetic dentist using a gel containing peroxide after placing a protective covering over the gums. Some dentists may use lasers to enhance the whitening effect of tooth whitening creams or gels. The duration and frequency of teeth whitening depend on the depth of staining and the degree of discoloration of the teeth. 

On the other hand, dental polishing is a mechanical procedure you’ll see happen during every cleaning appointment. It does not whiten the teeth, but the teeth look cleaner and brighter. 

Who can professionally polish my teeth? 

Dental polishing is an ordinary procedure that, when properly performed by a professional dental hygienist or dentist, will bring benefits. Your teeth will shine! If this is what you need to boost your confidence, call Northside Dental in Springfield at 417-862-2468 to get on the schedule now.