Teeth are not always perfectly shaped, so brushing doesn’t always get to those hard to reach spots. These spots are where plaque continues to build up until it hardens into calculus or tartar. This is much harder to remove. If left untreated, this build-up of plaque can cause significant problems such as tooth decay, cavities and gum disease. A scale and polish will remove plaque from these hard to reach spots in your mouth.
What is a scale and polish?
Firstly, an electric scaler is used to remove the toughest plaque. An electric scaler has a very fine tip that vibrates at high speed. It also emits a jet of water. Together, the electric scaler and jet of water scrape away the plaque between teeth. Secondly, the dentist will use a set of hand instruments to reach the more awkward spots around the teeth. The final stage of the treatment is the polish. The dentist uses a rotating brush and toothpaste to give your teeth a thorough clean. They will look cleaner, and feel much cleaner too.
Does it hurt?
If you visit the dentist regularly, your scale and polish treatment will be short and painless as you will be regularly keeping plaque at bay. However, if you are not getting your teeth scaled and polished regularly, plaque will continue to build up. This will mean that the dentist has to work harder to remove it and the scaling can become uncomfortable. If plaque is allowed to build up around your gums and the roots of your teeth, this can require a much more in-depth cleaning.