Everyone wants to keep their teeth for as long as possible. Absolutely key to doing this is to look after your teeth and gums to keep them healthy.
Your dentist is a specially trained member of the dental team that can help you clean your teeth, give advice on the best way to do so and often diagnose and treat any health problems with your teeth and gums.
One of the first signs you get at home of dental disease is bleeding when you clean your teeth. The problem is that if this happens then it means that the disease has already passed its first stage.Your dentist is able to spot dental disease at an earlier stage which means you stay healthier if you visit your dentist or hygienist regularly.
Scale and polish
What is a scale and polish?
This is cleaning your teeth by removing plaque and tartar (usually called a ‘scale and polish’ or a prophylaxis). It involves the physical removal of the plaque from your teeth.
This is important because plaque is a sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth, over time the bacteria hiding here can cause tooth decay with the acid they excrete.
How is a scale and polish done?
Your dentist or dental hygienist will gently remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth using a combination of physically picking away with a probe and by using a clever device which blends ultrasonic sound waves and water together.