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1. the removal of plaque, bacterial endotoxins, and calculus from a tooth with a scaler.
2. measurement of something using a scale.
hand scaling scaling and oral débridement using a manual scaler.
ultrasonic scaling scaling using an ultrasonic scaler.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


In dentistry, removal of accretions from the crowns and roots of teeth by use of special instruments.
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Periodontics The removal of dental plaque–an early lesion that predisposes to periodontitis and 'tartar' or calculus from the crown of a tooth and/or exposed root surfaces. See Periodontal disease.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


dentistry Removal of accretions from the crowns and roots of teeth by use of special instruments.
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Removal of dental calculus from the teeth to prevent or treat PERIODONTAL DISEASE. The hard calculus is levered or scraped off with a sharp-pointed steel scaler and the teeth are polished with an abrasive.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


In dentistry, removal of accretions from crowns and roots of teeth by use of special instruments.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

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One hundred subjects both male and female between 15-60 years of age, having past medical history of dental scaling or had been advised for dental scaling formed the study group.
It covered all aspects of risks, myths and prescribing trends of dental scaling. The results were analyzed by using basic statistical measures.
In this study, it was noted that majority of study subjects had certain myths and misconception about dental scaling. Regarding dental habits, many respondents believed that brushing twice a day is enough for dental health.
A study showed marked ignorance, lack of scientific dental awareness and high prevalence of dental myths among older and female subjects.8 A very large number of subjects believe that teeth and gums become more sensitive after dental scaling and start to bleed.
It is also reported that people are more fearful of invasive procedures, such as oral surgery, than of less invasive treatments, such as dental scaling, or prophylaxis5.