Scale and Polish - Dental Solutions

Why choose Dental Solutions for your next scale and polish in Warrington?

We understand the significance of your smile, so when you visit us, we provide more than just a standard scale and polish. Our dental hygienists are highly proficient and well-informed, and they will also examine your mouth for any indications of underlying problems, like gum disease, to guarantee that your mouth is in the best possible condition.

Following your scale and polish in Warrington, you will be given information on how best to maintain healthy teeth and gums that are personalised to you and your mouth. The aim of these appointments is not only to clean your teeth thoroughly 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 registered patient at Dental Solutions to benefit from our scale and polish treatment in Warrington. Even if you’re registered with another dentist, you can still book an appointment with one of our professional dental hygienists and receive the same high standard of patient care.

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Do you need a scale and polish?

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 as healthy as possible.

Suppose you aren’t cleaning your teeth and gums properly at home. In that case, 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 without professional dental equipment.

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.

To prevent this from happening and to restore your oral health, you can go to a dental hygienist for a scale and polish, a procedure that involves the mechanical removal of plaque – also known as scaling, de-scaling, or scraping and polishing.

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Benefits of a scale and polish

Even if you think you take good care of your teeth by brushing them twice daily, everyone can benefit from professional teeth cleaning.

The advantages of getting a scale and polish treatment include:

  • Completely clean teeth with any plaque and calculus thoroughly removed
  • Prevention of gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss and health complications
  • Improved appearance of cleaner teeth with removed or reduced staining
  • Fresher breath due to the removal of bacteria that cause bad breath
  • Tailored oral hygiene advice to help you improve specific problem areas

By preventing gum disease, tooth decay, and potential tooth loss with regular scale and polish appointments, you will also save money in the long term by avoiding the need to pay for more advanced restorative treatments.

What to expect at a scale and polish

Routine scale and polish treatments with our Warrington dental hygienists can help to prevent gum disease by removing the build-up from all areas – including the hard-to-reach parts of the mouth – using 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 on the surface and help to lift discolouration, improving the appearance of your teeth.

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

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Does a scale and polish hurt?

Nervous patient? Don’t worry – we can help! We appreciate that a trip to the dentist can be scary for many patients, especially those who have social anxiety or a particular fear of 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.

Scale and polish treatments are non-invasive – while patients may experience very minor discomfort from the vibrating tools and jets of water used to remove plaque in the mouth, anaesthesia is typically not required for this process.

Though this isn’t a painful procedure, we can offer numbing gels for nervous patients, helping to remove any sensation whatsoever so you can feel more relaxed during your treatment.

Scale and Polish vs Hygienist

If it’s been a while since you last saw a dentist, or if you’ve never received a professional teeth cleaning treatment before, you might not know who you need to see and which procedure would be best for you to book in for.

While a dentist may recommend seeing a hygienist after a routine check-up, it’s a good idea to be proactive about your oral hygiene and book a dental hygienist consultation so you can speak to an expert treatment coordinator.

Specially trained hygienists will be able to check your teeth and gums carefully to determine which level of treatment you need to restore your dental hygiene. Our dental hygienists in Warrington can identify problem areas and will let you know whether you need a scale and polish or more targeted treatment for concerns like gum disease.

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How often should you get a scale and polish?

Getting a scale and polish at least once every 6 months, or 1–2 times a year is recommended. If you struggle with maintaining dental hygiene, or are especially prone to developing gum disease, visiting a dental hygienist more frequently would be beneficial.

Our experienced hygienists will never judge a patient, as it’s their role to help you restore your oral hygiene – they will be glad to provide their expert advice on what you can do to take better care of your teeth and improve your overall oral health.

When patients come to us for a scale and polish in Warrington, we ensure they leave with clean teeth and renewed confidence every time.

If you would like to take up our consultation offer, please contact our reception team on 01925 756 565, and they will arrange an appointment for a day and a time that is convenient for you to come and see if you would benefit from our dental hygienist treatments.

Evening and early appointments are also available, so be sure to request a time that suits your schedule, and our team will fit you in as soon as possible.

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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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Michael Sparke
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Can’t speak highly enough of this practice and in particular Lauren. 2 years ago I walked in and was so nervous I cried just as the sight of the chair. Her and the staff have been so patient and understanding and have worked with me to overcome my phobia. This week I had a filling and was absolutely fine, my family couldn’t believe it. Reception staff are lovely and really accommodating too. So glad I found them, I don’t dread the dentist anymore.
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A really Five Star Dental Practice! Upon arrival I was greeted by their most friendly welcoming receptionists. it seems nothing is 'too much trouble' to them. Gavin is similarly very friendly and the surgery is kitted out with the most high-tech modern equipment. On my first visit Gavin examined my teeth and explained my options to me giving me his recommendation for treatment and reasons why. Their Co-ordinator prepared a detailed quote for my treatment and went through it in detail with me, ensuring I understood everything; she had plenty of time for me as a patient. From the outset I had complete confidence in entrusting them with my dental care and the final results are truly amazing. Gavin and Richard could not have been more professional and my treatment was made as painless as possible. Dental Solutions provide a truly outstanding service and I thank them for my new 'long lost' smile and renewed confidence, especially when dining out and talking with people. I can't recommend them too highly.
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A first class experience from start to finish. Despite being fearful of visiting the dentist, Gavin put me at ease with his gentle unhurried manner. I was surprised at how relaxed I actually felt undergoing treatment for a crown and the removal/replacement of front teeth veneers. Having felt self conscious about my front teeth for a long time, I decided to have my old veneers replaced. The results were amazing and far exceeded my expectations. What Gavin achieved was nothing short of a work of art, boosting my confidence tenfold. The practice itself is very welcoming, the customer service excellent and the staff are all very friendly and kind. I cannot recommend this dental practise highly enough.
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