An evaluation of a pre-scaling gel (SofScale) on the ease of supragingival calculus removal

J Clin Periodontol. 1994 Sep;21(8):562-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-051x.1994.tb01174.x.


SofScale is a pre-scaling gel, containing disodium EDTA and sodium lauryl sulphate, which is claimed to soften calculus and therefore facilitate its removal. 31 subjects were treated in a double blind randomised placebo controlled split mouth study to evaluate this product. Test or placebo gels were applied to the lingual surfaces of the mandibular teeth for 4 min and the time taken to complete the removal of supragingival calculus recorded. The operator recorded on which side the calculus was considered easier to remove and the patient indicated how comfortable the scaling had been. The mean calculus index was 1.99 for the SofScale group and 1.97 for the placebo. The mean time taken to complete scaling was 5.31 min for both groups. Using the Student t-test, there were no statistically significant differences (p > 0.7) between either the calculus index or time taken to complete the scaling between the groups. The operator did not consider SofScale to facilitate calculus removal and patients did not find calculus removal more comfortable when SofScale had been used. There was no increased sensitivity in the SofScale group following scaling. The results of this study do not support the use of SofScale as an adjunct to scaling.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cellulose / administration & dosage
  • Cellulose / analogs & derivatives*
  • Cellulose / therapeutic use
  • Dental Calculus / pathology
  • Dental Calculus / therapy*
  • Dental Scaling / adverse effects
  • Dental Scaling / methods*
  • Dentifrices / administration & dosage
  • Dentifrices / therapeutic use*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Edetic Acid / administration & dosage
  • Edetic Acid / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gels
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Placebos
  • Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate / administration & dosage
  • Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate / therapeutic use
  • Time Factors
  • Toothache / prevention & control


  • Dentifrices
  • Gels
  • Placebos
  • SofScale Scaling Gel
  • Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate
  • Cellulose
  • Edetic Acid