Woman doing Scaling and root planing in dental clinic

What Is A Scale And Polish?

Gum disease is often caused by a build-up of plaque bacteria, the best way to remove this bacteria is brushing your tooth twice a day. But no matter how well you clean your teeth there will always be hard to reach the corner areas that are tricky to keep clean. Plaque bacteria can accumulate in the corner areas and may eventually mineralise to form a hard, crusty deposit called calculus or tartar, which is impossible to remove only by brushing. If this crusty deposit is not removed, more plaque bacteria can build up around the tooth and potentially under the gum line, leading to the progression of gum disease.

To reduce the risk of gum disease or to stop it from becoming a more serious issue, consult your dental specialist and  have a professional clean, called a scale and polish, to get your teeth properly clean and to improve your smile.

What To Expect At A Scale And Polish?

A scale and polish can be done by your dental specialist or hygienist.

The initial ‘scrape’ stage removes the deposits of plaque bacteria and tartar. An ultrasound scraper is used  to remove the bulk of the tartar, followed by specialised handheld instruments is used to scrape away any stubborn remains.

The next step is ‘polish’. which makes the teeth surface smooth. While polishing the teeth it removes stains and leaving the teeth bright and shiny, Don’t think it is just a cosmetic procedure. It also smoothes away minor imperfections and patches of rough texture on the teeth to protect against further plaque bacteria build-up.

Your dental specialist will advise you how often you should have a scale and polish. It’s important to remember that professional cleaning is good for daily oral health routine, and never replace daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. Your specialist recommends a toothpaste which consists of Corsodyl Toothpaste to remove plaque bacteria between visits to the dentist.


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