As an average human being, your teeth will never be perfectly shaped and positioned, which makes it difficult to clean your teeth thoroughly and efficiently. There will always seem to be that one stubborn spot where you just can’t get to, perhaps right at the back or an area where food manages to become trapped in the most awkward and inaccessible of places.
These are the kind of areas where plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) can build up gradually, and if not cleaned can harden to tartar, which is much more difficult to remove.
Scale and polish is a dental procedure to maintain your oral hygiene and is often referred to as ‘dental cleaning’. A scale procedure includes using the latest ultrasound device to assist remove plaque and tartar in those hard to reach places, to prevent cavities, inflammation of the gums and even gum disease.
Is the procedure painful?
This procedure is not usually painful, you explain slight pressure during the scale procedure but that is very minimal. However, if you do experience sensitive gums and cavities, then you may experience some amount of pain.
How often should I aim to get my teeth scaled & polished?
This will depend on the condition of your teeth which should be discussed with your dentist; however hygienists recommend receiving this treatment every 3 months.
How can I maintain oral hygiene?
Your dentist will provide you with advice and suggestions of products to use to maintain oral hygiene; however you must also remain consistent with basic hygiene: brushing twice a day, flossing and using mouthwash. It is also recommended to minimise intake of foods and drinks high in sugar and caffeine.