Scale and Clean
Regular scale and clean is essential to good oral hygiene. At the Dental & Facial Clinic we recommend you regularly visit for a scale and clean to avoid the build-up of tartar. The purpose of cleaning and polishing is basically to leave the surfaces of the teeth beautifully clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them, and to prevent gum disease.
Our scale and cleanings involve removing plaque (a soft, sticky layer of bacteria, food & saliva) and hard tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time to give you a clean, fresh feeling at the end of the treatment. If large deposits of tartar have settled on your teeth, it can take some time to remove these, just like trying to remove baked-on grime on a stove that has been left over a long time. So your first cleaning may take longer than future cleanings, which is why we recommend keeping a regular routine of scale and cleans.
Once all the surfaces are smooth, we will then polish your teeth to remove surface stains so that we can give it that nice clean, shiny look.