Scale & Polish

Taking care of your teeth and gums is extremely important. Our Dental hygienists can assist you in this.

Dental hygienists treat gum diseases, which are becoming increasingly common and help people to maintain good oral health by educating them about how to prevent oral disease through care of their teeth and gums. The importance of good oral health is proving to have considerable influence over a persons general health and individuals who have regular (often 6 monthly) preventive dental hygiene treatment are overall healthier for it.

Gum disease is usually initiated by the presence of plaque (sticky film on the teeth) around the teeth and gums. This plaque can lead to bad breath, bleeding gums, discoloured teeth, inflammation and swelling, pain, infection, and gum, bone and tooth loss. When the plaque is soft it can be removed by a polish which is done with a prophylatic paste. However if the plaque has calcified and formed hard masses i.e. calulus then a scale is required to remove it.

There are direct links between gum disease and more serious health issues. In order to keep your gums healthy, we suggest you come in and see our hygienist for regular visits including the scale and polish (removal of plaque and mineralised plaue: tartar) and also education on the best way for you to take care of your teeth and gums at home.

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