If you visit your dentist regularly, you are probably familiar with the scale and polish procedure. This is a procedure in which the dentist scrapes away the plaque and tartar that has formed on your teeth, often with an ultrasound device, and then polishes your teeth to smooth them down and prevent further build-up of plaque. It is a common treatment, but what are its benefits?
Firstly, the scale and polish will remove stains from your teeth. These inevitably build up over time, particularly if you drink a lot of tea, coffee or red wine, eat a lot of berries or are a smoker. Although the scale and polish is not a whitening procedure, it will go a long way to remove some of these stains and bring your teeth back to their original colour.
Over time, bacteria will cover your teeth and slowly grow into plaque, the yellow build-up on your teeth that leads to tooth decay. Although you remove it every day through brushing and flossing, there will always be small deposits in difficult-to-reach areas or small areas that have built up into a hard tartar that cannot be removed by brushing alone. This tartar can then lead to tooth decay or gum disease. A scale and polish will remove this tartar and ensure that your own brushing efforts are keeping your teeth healthy.
A cleaner feeling
The scale and polish procedure also leaves many patients feeling as if their mouth is much fresher and cleaner than before. Many people enjoy going for their regular check-up as they know they will leave with a tingly feeling that tells them their teeth are in good shape. This can lead to greater confidence in your daily life as you know you will have a more attractive smile.
Bad breath can often be caused by dental problems, due to the bacteria and plaque in the mouth. A scale and polish can therefore help to give you fresher breath as well as make sure your teeth are in the best condition, which will again improve your self-confidence and your relationships.
Your dentist will tell you when they think it is time for you to have a scale and polish. If you have any questions, just talk to them about it, and you will be reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as well as refreshing your mouth.