Scale and Polish - Dental Solutions

Why choose Dental Solutions for your next scale and polish?

We understand how important your smile is to you, which is why you get more than just a standard scale and polish when you come to us. Our dental hygienists are very experienced and knowledgeable, and will also check your mouth for any signs of underlying issues, such as gum disease to ensure your mouth is as healthy as possible.

Following your scale and polish, you will be given information that’s personal to you and your mouth, on how best to maintain healthy teeth and gums. The aim of these appointments is not only to thoroughly clean your teeth but also to leave you feeling confident and empowered to maintain your smile at home.

What’s more, you don’t need to be a patient at Dental Solutions to benefit from our scale and polish treatment. You can book in to see our professional dental hygienist, even if you registered with another dentist.

Do you need professional teeth cleaning?

Phrases like ‘professional plaque removal’ and ‘tooth scraping’ can make scaling sound like a scary procedure, but it’s simply a professional way of deep cleaning teeth and gums to keep them healthy.

If you aren’t cleaning your teeth and gums properly at home, bacteria from food and drink can stain your teeth and form a sticky film of plaque, which can harden into calculus that’s harder to remove.

This can build up on the surfaces of teeth and in the small gaps between them, irritating the gums and potentially leading to tooth decay and gum disease – known as gingivitis, which can become more severe periodontitis if left untreated.

Routine scale and polish treatments with our dental hygienists can help to prevent gum disease by removing the build-up from all areas, including the hard-to-reach parts, using either an ultrasonic dental scaler with a stream of water, specialist manual instruments, or both.

After this de-scaling, cosmetic polishing with a rubber cup and prophylaxis paste or ‘air polishing’ equipment can smooth out rough patches of enamel and help to lift discolouration, improving the appearance of your teeth.

It really is as simple as that – though you may require more comprehensive scaling if you have a severe build-up of calculus. In any case, our friendly scale and polish hygienists can advise you on how your oral hygiene is lacking, and what you should do to improve it.

Nervous patient? Don’t worry – we can help

We appreciate that for so many patients, a trip to the dentist can be scary, especially for those who have anxiety or fears around dentists. Here at Dental Solutions, we’ve been recognised for our commitment to helping nervous patients and have a range of options available to help put you at ease during your time with us.

If you’re unhappy with your teeth and feel like a routine scale and polish is long overdue, why not get in touch?
Although this isn’t a painful procedure, we offer numbing gels for those patients who are nervous, helping to remove any sensation whatsoever so you can feel more relaxed during treatment.

If you would like to take up our consultation offer, please contact one of our reception team on 01925 756565 and they will arrange a day and a time that is convenient for you to come and see if what we have to offer is just what you are looking for, evening and early appointments are also available.


Does a scale and polish whiten teeth?

Although a scale and polish can help to leave your teeth looking and feeling cleaner, they won’t necessarily whiten them in the way that a teeth whitening treatment could. A thorough scale and polish can remove built-up tartar and remove some stains, which may make your smile brighter. However, if you’re looking for a noticeably whiter smile after your scale and polish, our teeth whitening may be the ideal solution.

How long does it take to have a scale and polish?

This really depends on how severe the build-up of tartar is. If patients are regular visitors and receive a scale and polish every 6 -12 months, these appointments generally take no longer than 30 minutes. However, if you’ve been putting off a trip to the dentist for months or even years, then it may take a while longer to complete the treatment as we will have more build-up to work through.

We always advise you to attend regular appointments with your hygienist to help keep on top of your maintenance.

Why are my teeth sensitive after a scale and polish?

It’s important to say that sensitivity and bleeding are completely normal after a scale and polish and can happen as a result of using dental tools to remove built-up tartar. It can take a few weeks for this sensitivity to go, but it’s nothing to worry about. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your dentist who’d be more than happy to advise on the best steps to take.

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