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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 375-380

Tooth polishing: The current status


Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Madhuri Alankar Sawai
Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi - 110 025
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.154170

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Healthy teeth and gums make a person feel confident and fit. As people go about their daily routines and with different eating and drinking habits, the tooth enamel turns yellowish or gets stained. Polishing traditionally has been associated with the prophylaxis procedure in most dental practices, which patients know and expect. However, with overzealous use of polishing procedure, there is wearing of the superficial tooth structure. This would lead to more accumulation of local deposits. Also, it takes a long time for the formation of the fluoride-rich layer of the tooth again. Hence, now-a-days, polishing is not advised as a part of routine oral prophylaxis procedure but is done selectively based on the patients' need. The article here, gives an insight on the different aspects of the polishing process along with the different methods and agents used for the same.


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