Improve Your Oral Health With Regular Scale & Clean At South Lake Smiles
You’ve been putting off your dental checkups because you’re afraid of the dentist. You know that if you don’t go to the dentist, it will only get worse and more expensive in the future.
Imagine walking into a comfortable office where everyone is friendly and helpful. The hygienist takes her time cleaning your teeth so they are as clean as possible before she finishes up with a professional polish. When you leave, your mouth feels fresh and clean!
The Benefits of A Scale and Clean
1.) Plaque removal
Plaque can be removed with regular cleaning and flossing. If left untreated, plaque can begin to release toxins that irritate your gums and produce an acid that causes tooth decay. The most prevalent sites of tartar build-up are between teeth and other difficult-to-reach areas of the mouth. Few people are capable of entirely removing plaque, which is why dental scaling and cleaning are recommended.
2.) Healthy gums
3.) Removing light stains
4.) Dental Complications Are Detected Early
Why Choose South Lake Smiles
for A Scale and Clean in South Lake
Frequently Asked Questions
A general dentist and a dental hygienist can both perform dental scaling and cleaning. They begin with an assessment of your entire mouth before beginning the cleaning process.
Cleaning and scaling your teeth provides several benefits for your teeth and overall oral health. It is recommended to visit a dentist twice a year to have them cleaned professionally by your dentist. Common signs that you need to scale and clean include the following:
- Plaque or calculus/tartar on your teeth that won’t come off with brushing and flossing
- You want to take preventive measures to keep your teeth healthy.
- You have stained teeth due to cigarette smoke.
- Symptoms of jaw joint pain (temporomandibular joint).
- You stain your teeth after drinking coffee, tea, or red wine.
People with healthy teeth and gums usually require a scale and clean every six months. However, if you’ve had gum disease in the past, your appointments should be spaced three to four months apart.
It is important that our patients understand what to expect during their scale and cleaning appointment so they are fully aware of the procedure and are not surprised once they arrive at our office.
Regular preventative dental examinations and cleanings are beneficial for detecting problems before they lead to serious complications. Your dentist will examine your teeth for decay, the health of your gums, your jaw movement, any swelling, your bite, and your medical history. The process of scaling and cleaning may vary depending on the dental clinic and dentist. It may include but is not limited to the following:
- X-rays should be taken to see if there is any deterioration behind the gum line or between the teeth.
- Look for symptoms of gum disease or inflammation in the gums and bone around the teeth.
- Examine any existing fillings, crowns, or extraction sites.
- Remove any plaque that has accumulated below and above the gum line. (When rushing, it is possible to overlook difficult-to-reach areas that must be removed using specific dental devices.)
- The dentist will polish your teeth to remove stains and plaque.
- Following the cleaning, the dentist will give oral hygiene advice such as correct brushing and recommend certain oral hygiene products.
A fluoride treatment can help to protect your teeth from decay by restoring the surface enamel of your teeth. It can also fight bacteria that may harm your teeth and gums. The dental professional may recommend fluoride treatment if they determine you are at high risk of developing cavities.
A basic dental check-up with a scale and clean treatment normally costs between $200 and $275 per session, depending on your dental needs and the severity of plaque build-up. We can discuss with you the average cost of your treatment.
Avoiding a scale and clean appointment means you’ll have much more buildup over time, which can result in further complications that require more invasive procedures. Untreated tartar and plaque may lead to the following:
- Early stage of gum disease or gingivitis.
- Periodontal disease or the advanced type of gum disease.
- Bad breath or halitosis
- Gum recession
- Teeth discolouration that may need teeth whitening to eliminate hard stains.
Skipping professional cleaning can put your overall health at risk.