Teeth Cleaning / Scale and Clean
A clean by your Dentist or Oral Health Therapist is one of the most important dental appointments for everyone. Regular dental cleans not only ensures that an individual maintains good oral hygiene, it can also help prevent any minor dental diseases from developing any further.
Prevention is better than cure, dental cleans removes bacteria and debris in the mouth that you cannot remove at home. It can benefit your teeth by preventing tooth decay, ensuring fewer trips to the dentist for restorative treatment and you’ll less likely develop gum disease and infections.
Your Dentist or Oral Health Therapist will use a small mirror to guide them and a scaler to remove all the plaque and tartar/calculus around your gumline and in between your teeth. All areas where gingivitis or periodontal disease may be located. During this procedure you’ll hear a lot of noises which is normal and there will be some water used to wash away all the debris from your teeth which is removed with a suction tube.
After your teeth is free of any tartar/calculus, your Dentist or Oral Health Therapist will brush them with polishing paste which removes any leftover plaque and stains from your teeth.
Even if you floss at home, your clinician will floss in between your teeth to ensure all leftover plaque and tartar is removed from the earlier cleaning processes. It also allows us to locate any potential areas in the mouth where you may have trouble cleaning.
The lasts step in the cleaning process is fluoride treatment. Fluoride treatment is used to protect your teeth and help fight against dental decay or cavities. After your professional clean, it is recommended you do not eat nor drink for the next half an hour, ensuring the fluoride applied is able to strengthen your enamel.
Depending on the amount of staining and tartar build up your Dentist or Oral Health Therapist may use an air polisher which is effective in removing stubborn stains.
For most a dental clean is a simple and painless procedure. However, there can be factors that may lead to increased sensitivity. Inflammation of the gums, gum disease, tooth decay and other dental factors can cause sensitivity during the procedure.
In these cases, it is best to speak to your Dentist or Oral Health Therapist about your concerns, so they are able to put together the best care and make your treatment as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Your Dentist and Oral Health Therapist will use tools that will remove the tartar, plaque and stains off your teeth safely. By removing the existing tartar and plaque from your teeth it actually protects your teeth and gums from damage and diseases.
A clean will help brighten your teeth by removing stains on the surface of your teeth. However, it does not change the colour of your teeth, a professional teeth whitening is recommended to whiten teeth.
Depending on the health of your gums, you may have Gingivitis or Periodontal Disease which requires the removal of calculus/tartar underneath the gums.
It is recommended to have a consultation with your Dentist or Oral Health Therapist first where they may require a periodontal chart to see what teeth are affected so they can give you an accurate treatment plan accordingly.