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.
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.
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.
An accumulation of tartar or calculus in the mouth can lead to:
Tartar can lead to gum disease and other dental issues when left unremoved in the mouth.
Gums recede in response to the tartar deposits on your teeth. With the tartar removed, they can slowly heal and reattach themselves into place.
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.
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.
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.
Are you due for your next teeth cleaning? Nambour locals prefer the friendly dentists at Smiles Nambour to make sure their oral hygiene is up to date. We recommend getting your teeth check up and professional cleaning every six months. Don’t delay – book an appointment today!
Once all the plaque and tartar have been removed your gums will be subjected to tightening. For the first 5-7 days you may experience swelling and small amounts of bleeding. This is completely natural. If the pain persists beyond one week, please visit our dentists in Nambour.
No teeth scaling will not weaken your teeth when performed professionally. Since the scaling only removes plaque and calculus from the surfaces of the teeth and gums your teeth will maintain their strength.
Unfortunately, the answer depends on various factors. For example, if you are not consistently brushing and flossing, you will need more cleans with the dentist. If you have poor genetics you may need to visit the dentist more often.
Typically, most people with healthy teeth only need two visits a year for a general check-up and clean. However, the best course of action is to listen to your dentist’s advice.