Preventative scaling, known as ‘scale and polish’, is a very common dental treatment that is often carried out at your dental examination. It is designed to form part of a dental hygiene plan to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
Alongside regular tooth brushing, flossing, use of mouthwash and healthy eating this procedure can help to reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Deposits, known as ‘calculus’ deposits, are accumulations of calcified plaque which, if left to develop, can lead to the destruction of the hard and soft tissues that support the teeth.
Once lost these tissues cannot be replaced so this, in turn, may lead to mobility of the teeth and eventual tooth loss. Such deposits will therefore be removed by your dentist to ensure that effective oral hygiene can, once again, be maintained at home.