Every day bacteria begins to build up in your mouth, sticking to your teeth and gums and forming what is called a plaque biofilm. Most of this layer is removed during your at-home brushing and flossing routine, but any that isn’t will soon harden into tartar. The bacteria in tartar produce toxins and acids that attack your teeth and gums, creating infection and inflammation, which is why it is so important to remove the tartar at regular intervals. Tartar is so hard that it can only be scaled or scraped away during a dental appointment.
At your scale and clean appointment, the teeth are scaled using special hand instruments before they are carefully polished. A scale and clean is one of the most straightforward ways to look after your teeth and gums and should be a routine part of any dental care plan. It is safe and painless, will improve your overall oral health, and will ensure future trips to the dentist are as pain-free as possible!
The advantages of having a regular scale and clean
- Feels good – patients like the feel of a professional clean.
- Removal of tartar/calculus – makes it easier for you to clean at home and prevents a hiding place for more bacteria.
- Increases motivation for home care – by providing a professional clean, some patients may be more motivated to make changes at home. The appointment time also gives time for a dental professional to give tailored advice specific to the individual.
Who will benefit from regular scale and cleans?
Dental scaling and polishing is safe for almost everyone. There are, however, some small groups who will particularly benefit from regular cleaning in addition to their home care, in order to reduce risks to their general health. This includes:
- Pregnant mothers who are more prone to gum disease.
- Diabetic patients – where poor glucose control is linked to gum disease and vice versa.
- Patients with heart disease – some patients who have had heart surgery are at increased risk of infections around the heart unless they take control of gum disease.
But there are also some people who need to take care.
Some patients with pacemakers fitted can’t have cleaning with an ultrasonic scaler. It is important you tell your dentist, hygienist or therapist of any medical conditions or procedures you have.
Patients taking blood thinners are more prone to bleeding gums during scaling. Whilst this does not mean that you cannot have a scaling and polishing, it is something to be aware of so that you are not shocked if there is a lot of blood.
Here at Carine Glades Dental Care, we have a team of dental experts ready to assist our clients with a wide range of dental treatments, including scaling and cleaning. For more information on incorporating a scale and clean into your dental routine, get in touch with our friendly team in Perth today on (08) 9448 3922, or online here.