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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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Q. how do i grade the severeness of my asthma? is there like a common scale for it?

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Determination of the optimum conditions for de-icing salt scaling resistance of concrete by visual examination and surface scaling. Construction and Building Materials 24: 353-360.
Mass loss in hardened cement paste resulting from surface scaling under cyclic freeze-thaw conditions is insignificant and shall not be used as a parameter to describe deterioration processes.
The relatively low condensation temperature also means the wall temperature on the water-side is low enough to restrict surface scaling, which means that heat transfer efficiency is maintained and running costs are kept down.

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