This is an imperative part of oral care. At Tooth Smart Dental, we like to examine our patients every six months, not only for their teeth, but also the gums and surrounding soft tissues.
Scale and Clean involves the following:
- Removal of calculus: Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus can only be removed with a professional dental clean.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation is known as gingivitis which can lead to periodontal disease.
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
No matter how often you brush and floss, calculus still builds up on your teeth, especially in harder to reach areas and especially behind your lower front teeth. A regular toothbrush cannot remove this type of deposits so it is essential to have a professional Scale and Clean.
If you would like to book an appointment or if you have any questions about Scale & Clean, Please Contact us or ring our friendly staff at Tooth Smart Dental on (04) 2538 5134.