Scale and Polish West London
A professional scale and polish clean with the dental hygienist is a fundamental part of a thorough oral hygiene regime. The hygienist is thoroughly trained and skilled to provide the teeth with a deep clean, give oral hygiene advice but also remove soft plaque deposits from the surfaces of the teeth where cleaning has been missed.
Once the teeth have been descaled, they will look cleaner, feel smoother and the breath will appear fresher.
The final stage of the cleaning process is to polish the teeth with a gentle tooth scrub which removes any staining from dietary tea, coffee and red wine or smoking.
The difficult to access areas between the teeth can be finished off with polishing strips which are ‘flossed’ between the teeth to remove any remaining stains.
What is Scaling ?
Scaling is the mechanical cleaning of the teeth using hand instruments which slide along the tooth surface to remove plaque bacteria.
If the plaque has calcified (hardened) this may need to be removed using an ultrasonic device which uses high frequency vibration technology to literally shake off the hardened plaque (calculus). This is perfectly safe to use on the enamel without any damage to the tooth, crowns or fillings. Due care would f course be taken around dental implants where only special titanium hand scaling instruments would be used.
If the teeth are particularly sensitive to thus treatment then local anaesthetic can be applied in the form of gels or injections to numb the sensitive area prior to ultrasonic cleaning. This is usually not necessary, but the hygienist is happy to offer this as an option.
After Scale and Polish
The teeth should appear bright and clean with a glossy sheen, enhancing the smile and restoring confidence as well as improving breath freshness.
Hygienists will always be keen to reinforce good oral hygiene habits to be practiced daily at home in between visits to the dentist.