Teeth Cleaning (Scale and Clean)
Teeth cleaning is a routine part of oral hygiene and involves the removal of dental plaque and calculus from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
To ensure a beautiful healthy smile for life, it’s important for both adults and children to clean their teeth at least twice a day. Dentists recommend a gentle but thorough brushing action using a soft toothbrush with small head and a toothpaste containing fluoride.
In addition to home care it is important to have your teeth professionally cleaned by your dentist. Most dentists recommend patients have their teeth professionally cleaned twice a year in combination with their biannual check-up.
What is Professional Teeth Cleaning?
A professional clean, also known as a scale and clean, is designed to remove plaque and tartar that cannot be removed by normal everyday brushing at home. Such a regime will help to ensure your oral health and comfort, as well as assist with the prevention of dental caries and gum disease.
Scale and Clean Process
The scaling process removes plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and from the pocket areas between the teeth and gums. The dentist or dental hygienist can carry out the procedure using a specialised scaling device or manual scaling tools.
The other part of scale and clean is called root planing. This involves removing plaque and calculus from the surface of the roots of the teeth using a scaling instrument.
The scale and clean procedure typically requires a minimum of two visits. Follow-up visits might be needed to check if your teeth and gums are getting healthier and if pocket depth has been reduced.
Ideal Candidates for Scale and Clean
The best candidates for deep cleaning are patients who have issues with plaque and tartar build-up in different areas of their mouth and have gone untreated for many years. Generally, dental professionals recommend this treatment during routine visits when they notice that the patient has excessive amount of plaque and tartar.
Ensure A Lifetime of Healthy Smiles at Thornton Dental
You can prevent painful and costly dental procedures by regularly visiting your dental team at Thornton Dental. If it’s been a long time since your last scale and clean, then make an appointment with us for check-up and teeth cleaning at our Thornton clinic today.
Our Check-up and Clean Offers
- NO GAP Check-up and clean for patients with Available Health Fund Limits
- No insurance? Only $145 for Check-up, Clean & Fluoride