What is a Scale & Polish?
Scale & polishes play an integral part in achieving and maintaining our oral health. A ‘scale’ is when me remove scale/tartar/calculus from your teeth. We then finish off with a polish of your teeth which leaves them looking all nice and clean.
Why Would I Need a Scale & Polish?
If tartar is left untreated, it is very detrimental to the health of our mouths, gums and surrounding tissues. It can lead to gum disease and cause a number of issues such as bleeding gums, bad breath, and in extreme cases, tooth loss. Tartar forms when plaque solidifies, and conventional brushing alone will not be able to remove it.
Benefits of Scale & Polishes
As mentioned, this is a very important treatment to achieve oral health. Gum disease is not a pleasant condition, but it can be easily prevented by having a good oral hygiene habit at home every day, and by also attending every 6 months for a thorough scale & polish. We are big on preventative dentistry, as prevention is always better than having a treatment. Ask a member of our team if you are unsure on best practices to look after your teeth and we will be happy to advise.
Scale & Polish Process
This is a very straight forward and one of the most common types of dental appointments. It can be completed by either a dentist or hygienist. We use a tool called an ultrasonic scaler which vibrates at a very fast speed and shoots a spray of water to tackle the stubborn tartar deposits.
Book Your Dental Assessment
If you are overdue your scale & polish (hygiene appointment), or you haven’t been to the dentist in a while. Please do not hesitate to call us and book your appointment today.