Brushing your teeth is great, but it is not enough to ensure your dental health. Brushing cannot remove all the plaque in your mouth no matter how long you brush your teeth. There are certain areas like the molars, which cannot be reached and cleaned properly by brushing. Hence they become susceptible to cavities and decay.
Don’t wait for your tooth to ache before you visit your dentist. At Smiles Nambour, we have a wide range of preventive dentistry services including a dental scale and clean. We put great emphasis on preventing/treating dental problems before they can worsen. Read on to learn more about how your Smiles Nambour dentist can help.
Dental Scale And Clean Defined
A dental scale and clean is a professional cleaning of the teeth performed by your dentist or dental hygienist. It is often referred to as deep cleaning as it not only removes tartar deposits around the teeth, but it also reaches tartar below the gumline.
What Is Calculus Or Tartar?
When you eat, food leaves plaque in the mouth. Plaque is a soft, sticky film that contains millions of bacteria. Brushing after your meal removes most of the plaque in your mouth. However, poor dental hygiene can lead to the hardening of the plaque into tartar or calculus.
Once it becomes tartar or calculus, regular brushing can have little effect. Only your dentist can remove it before it can continue to damage your mouth.
What Happens If There Are Tartar Or Calculus In The Mouth?
An accumulation of tartar or calculus in the mouth can lead to:
- Tooth decay
- Bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity
- Dental abscess
- Periodontal disease
Benefits Of Dental Scale And Clean
Stops possible dental issues.
Tartar can lead to gum disease and other dental issues when left unremoved in the mouth.
Helps your gums heal.
Gums recede in response to the tartar deposits on your teeth. With the tartar removed, they can slowly heal and reattach themselves into place.
Keeps your teeth healthy and strong.
Without the tartar deposits housing bacteria that attack enamel, your pearly whites are more secured and stronger.
Tartar also causes foul breath in the mouth. Dental scale and clean is an effective way to stop the bad breath from ruining your social life.
The Dental Scale And Clean Procedure
During the dental scale and clean treatment, an ultrasonic instrument is used to knock the tartar deposits off your teeth.
After the removal of the bigger tartar deposits, fine hand tools are used to scrape off the smaller tartar deposits.
After all the tartar deposits are removed, the teeth are smoothed and polished. Teeth with smooth surfaces are more difficult for tartar to attach to.
A regular dental scale and clean can be performed every six months, during your dental check-up. However, this is subject to your dentist’s discretion.
Healthier Smiles At Smiles Nambour
At Smiles Nambour, we believe in urgent action to save your smile and improve your oral health. We have a wide range of preventive dentistry services you and your family can enjoy.
HCF’s More for Teeth Program
- HCF’s More for teeth program is here to help you maintain great oral health. Available to all HCF members with Extras cover, it includes two fully covered check-ups and cleans each year.
Call (07) 5441 4438 or visit us at 4/104 Currie Street in Nambour.