What is a scale and polish, and why is it necessary?
A scale and polish is a professional dental cleaning procedure that removes plaque and tartar build-up from the teeth, along with surface stains. It’s necessary to maintain oral hygiene and prevent dental issues like gum disease and tooth decay.
How often should I have a scale and polish?
For most people, having a scale and polish every six months as part of their regular dental check-up is recommended. However, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings based on your oral health needs.
Is a scale and polish painful?
No, a scale and polish procedure is typically not painful. You may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity during the cleaning process, especially if you have sensitive gums or teeth, but it’s generally well-tolerated.
How long does a scale and polish appointment take?
The duration of a scale and polish appointment can vary depending on the amount of build-up on your teeth and other factors. On average, it takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete the procedure.
Will a scale and polish whiten my teeth?
While a scale and polish can remove surface stains from your teeth, it’s not a tooth whitening treatment. If you want to whiten your teeth, your dentist can discuss other options, such as professional teeth whitening procedures.
Can I have a scale and polish if I have sensitive teeth or gum disease?
Yes, you can still have a scale and polish if you have sensitive teeth or gum disease. However, your dentist may take extra precautions or recommend additional treatments to address your concerns.
Does insurance cover the cost of a scale and polish?
Many dental insurance plans cover the cost of preventive dental treatments like scale and polish. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to determine your coverage.
What are the benefits of a scale and polish beyond just cleaning my teeth?
In addition to removing plaque, tartar, and surface stains, a scale and polish can help prevent gum disease, reduce bad breath, and improve the overall appearance of your smile.
Can I eat and drink immediately after a scale and polish?
Yes, you can eat and drink normally after a scale and polish appointment. However, it’s best to avoid consuming highly pigmented foods and beverages that may stain your teeth immediately after the procedure.
How can I maintain the results of my scale and polish at home?
To maintain the results of your scale and polish, it’s essential to practice good oral hygiene habits at home, including brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. Additionally, scheduling regular dental check-ups and cleanings with your dentist will help keep your smile healthy and bright.