North Shore Dentists & Orthodontists
Did you know that by visiting us for a scale and clean twice a year, you can prevent the need to treat more serious issues in the future?
While it is extremely important to maintain oral health through brushing and flossing, it is also equally important to seek a cleaning treatment from a professional every six months. North Shore Dentistry can help you understand the status of your oral health during the clean and provide appropriate advice to cater for your needs.
Why do you need a professional clean?
Sometimes a film of plaque forms on the teeth due to a build-up of bacteria. This bacteria thrives in a high-sugar environment, which is why so many patients are experiencing decay. Modern dietary habits consist of high quantities of sugar – ultimately feeding bacteria causing problems. Once the plaque is present, it can be hard to remove without the assistance of a professional, which is where your scale and clean comes in. Plaque can become a serious issue when it is not addressed, as it can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease. By having a scale and clean with your dentist, you can walk out feeling satisfied with smooth, squeaky clean teeth. This will allow you to maintain optimal oral hygiene between visits and prevent serious damage and disease.
Why is plaque dangerous?
Plaque that forms on the teeth is not only unsightly but can also be damaging to your oral health. Once the plaque has formed, it can begin to eat away at the enamel – potentially leading to a variety of dental concerns. Plaque that is left un-addressed for more than 48 hours will begin to harden and within 10 days will become a visible, hard, yellow substance known as calculus. Preventing this issue simply requires brushing, flossing, and professional cleans from your dentist, once every six months.
What is involved in a scale and clean?
North Shore Dentistry ensures that your scale and clean treatment is virtually painless and efficient. Your dentist will start the treatment by removing any plaque that may be present in between the teeth. This is done with an instrument that loosens and removes the build-up of plaque on the teeth. Additionally, a small dental scaler can be utilised to remove any deposits of plaque. Once all plaque has been removed, your dentist can then polish the teeth – leaving them feeling smooth, fresh, and clean. They will do this by using a gritty toothpaste formula that assists in clearing any bacteria from the surface of the teeth. If necessary, your dentist will finalise the treatment with some fluoride to build a layer of protection – preventing future damage.