Scale, calculus or tartar accumulates on teeth providing conditions for biofilm (bacteria) to grow and infect your gums. Scaling and polishing essentially cleans and smooths teeth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them.
This procedure is now one of the most important treatments you can have to help you maintain your bone (the anchor for your teeth), soft tissues and teeth into old age.
A dental hygienist scales and polishes your teeth removing deposits, examines gums for disease or abnormality taking steps to eliminate calculus, stains and biofilm (plaque).
Education is a key to the success of your treatment, understanding gum disease and how to prevent it’s exsistance in your mouth. Working as a team is what it’s about, guided and supported by your hygienist, regular procedures and good home care will ensure the best outcome. We may also do preventative procedures such as cavity preventing fluoride.