Keeping your mouth free of plaque and tartar is critical if you wish to retain your natural teeth for life. Unfortunately, gum disease remains the main reason why adults in the U.K lose their teeth, but this is completely avoidable with regular scale and polish sessions performed by a hygienist.
Even the most conscientious brushers should attend regular hygienist appointments to have a scale and polish, because even a modest amount of plaque can post a threat to your gum health. Everyone is susceptible to some degree of plaque as we all eat sugary foods at some stage during our lives. It’s sugar that causes the acids in our mouths to react, and trigger the creation of plaque.
Here at Complex Smile we like to inspire patients to have a preventive mind-set when taking control of their gum health, as this will reduce the potential need for major intervention to tackle the unpleasant problems and symptoms that accompany periodontitis, more commonly known as advanced gum disease.
Research has also shown an undeniable connection between the presence of plaque and tartar, and the evolution of conditions including diabetes and heart disease. So, when you’re protecting your teeth from gum disease by coming in for a scale and polish, you’re also safeguarding your general health by default.
Removing plaque and tartar will also result in less surface stains and therefore, healthier-looking teeth. Not only do brighter teeth convey self-respect and self-care, you’re also more likely to smile around others and make a great impression with the people you meet throughout your life.
What is a scale and polish?
A scale and polish is the process used to remove deposits of plaque and tartar (plaque that has hardened) from along the gum line.
How regularly we recommend you visit for a routine scale and polish will depend on the health of your gums once we have examined your mouth, and lifestyle factors such as whether or not you smoke, drink alcohol to excess and consume sugary and acidic foods. Whilst one patient may need only come in twice a year, a patient with mild gum disease (gingivitis) may benefit from 4 visits per year.
Using a jet of compressed air, water and powder particles, Airflow® works quickly and gently to rid the mouth of virtually all plaque.