At Trembath Dental, the team will perform a full scale and clean
Tartar and plaque can often become trapped and built up over time, which can significantly damage your enamel and is the main cause of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Brushing and flossing alone will not remove the plaque and tartar build-up once it calcifies. It is very common to have your teeth cleaned at the same appointment as your examination.
HOW IS A SCALE AND CLEAN PERFORMED?
At Trembath Dental we have a range of advanced dental technology for performing dental cleans. Most patients require the following during their routine dental clean;
Ultrasonic hand piece – Also known as an ultrasonic instrument, it uses vibrations to remove larger pieces of tartar from your teeth while spraying a cooling mist of water to wash away the debris and keep the area cooled. A suction tip is used at the same time to catch and remove the excess water for your mouth for your comfort. You will hear a humming sound, similar to that of an electric toothbrush, that is caused by the mild vibrations emitted by the ultrasonic instrument. If you find the vibrations to be too strong- just let us know and we will adjust the settings for you.
Scaler/curette– This is a smaller hand-held tool that is used to remove the smaller deposits of tartar on your teeth. We will use this instrument to scale each of your tooth individually, ensuring that all deposits of tartar are properly removed.
Polish – After the dentists have removed the plaque and tartar build up, they will polish your teeth with a slow speed handpiece which contains a spinning soft rubber cup on the end. This will leave your teeth smooth and clean. A smoother, evened-out texture, makes it difficult for plaque to accumulate on your teeth.
Prophylaxis paste – this is a special dental paste containing an effective combination of both cleaning and polishing agents, to assist with stain removal during the polish. This paste is scooped into the rubber cup of the slow-speed handpiece just before your teeth are polished.
Fluoride – A fluoride treatment is performed at the completion of your visit. A fluoride solution, usually in the form of either a rinse, gel or varnished will be applied to your teeth. This fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth as the bacteria in tartar and plaque weaken the tooths surface. It’s recommended you do not eat or drink for 30 minutes after the fluoride treatment.
How often should you have a scale and clean?
The frequency at which you should have a scale and clean depends on:
- How thorough your routine of brushing and flossing is;
- How quickly you develop a calculus build-up;
- How often your teeth come into contact with stain-causing foods, drinks and medications.
Most of our patients find the scale and clean to be painless. However, if you do happen to feel discomfort, which could be caused by sensitive gums, just let our team know and we will gladly recommend various options to make the experience more comfortable.
At Trembath Dental, we recommend that you come in for a scale and clean at least twice a year. However, the frequency of your visit really depends on your individual needs. If you’re prone to gum disease, these dental visits will be more frequent.
For more information on a scale and clean, contact the friendly team today.