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Getting a Scale and Polish in Birmingham

Scale and Polish treatment from our Birmingham Dentists to remove plaque and tartar

Simply brushing alone won’t help in the war against plaque, sometimes you’re going to need the help of a scale and polish from your Birmingham Dentist.

Every day a white, sticky film of bacteria called plaque forms on the surface of your teeth. These bacteria are the ones that cause gum disease, they can be removed with correct brushing and flossing but sometimes we miss them in those hard to reach places. After 24 hours the plaque hardens into a substance called tartar (calculus), sadly this can’t be removed by brushing alone and requires the help of a dentist. A build-up of calculus on the teeth can provide the optimum conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums, leading to gum disease.

How does your dentist remove the hardened plaque?

Your Birmingham dentist or hygienist has undergone training to use special tools that gently remove tartar deposits without damaging the surface of the teeth. Before scaling and polishing takes place your dentist will carefully assess the condition of your teeth and gums. One way of achieving this is by using ultrasonic instruments which use vibrations which cause the hardened tartar to break away from the tooth surface, whilst spraying water to wash away the debris. This device usually makes a high pitched whistling sound which is quite distinct in the dental surgery. Once the larger pieces are tartar are removed the dentist will make use of a scaler, these are used gently to scrape off the smaller pieces of tartar from the teeth, leaving the surface of the teeth clean and smooth. FInally the teeth are polished, leaving them looking shiny and clean.

Sometimes after a Scale and Polish from your dentist your teeth may feel sensitive, this is quite normal and reversible so there is nothing to worry about. If any sensitivity problems persist you should visit your dentist for more help.

The most important thing to remember when it comes to dental treatment, preventing dental problems occurring is a lot cheaper and easier than having to treat the dental problems themselves. With a good standard of oral hygiene and regular scale and polishes, you should be protected against the onset of gum disease.

If you’re looking for Scale and Polish treatment in Birmingham or simply more information of the procedure and how to prevent gum disease, contact the Scott Arms Dental Practice on 0121 357 5000. We’re open 7 days a week and our friendly team can help you with any dental problems you may have.

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Are you suffering from Gum Disease?

Gum disease can be helped by periodontal treatment from our Birmingham Dentists

Gum disease affects a large proportion of the UK but some people are simply unaware of it’s presence. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, your gums are swollen or your teeth are starting to wobble you could be suffering from gum disease.

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis or periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection of the gum that can progress to the bone supporting your teeth. If not removed from daily brushing and flossing, plaque can build up on your teeth allowing bacteria to infect your gums and teeth.

Early symptoms of gum disease can be recognised by your dentist and be stopped before the disease can cause any real damage. It’s important to combat periodontitis early, if allowed to develop further it could have a dramatic effect on your smile.

Checking if you have Gum Disease

Gum disease is most common amongst adults but can affect people at any age. If you experience any of the following symptoms its advised you seek professional help:

  • Your gums bleed when you brush or floss
  • Gums have become red and swollen
  • Teeth have become lose
  • Spaces have started to form between your teeth
  • When you bite your teeth fit together differently

As gum disease progresses the symptoms get worse. Patients experience noticeable bad breath. Teeth become more sensitive, the gum line recedes and pus can even seep from the gums.

How is Gum Disease treated?

After visiting a dentist due to experiencing some of the symptoms of gum disease they will do a thorough examination to assess its severity. Early stages of gum disease can be treated easily with proper and regular brushing/flossing. Maintaining a good standard of oral hygiene will prevent the build up of plaque that causes your gums to become infected.

However when plaque builds up, it hardens into tartar which cannot be removed by normal brushing or flossing. Either a dentist or dental hygienist will scale your teeth to remove the tartar above and below your gum line. Depending on the severity of the disease, your dentist will be able to supply you with antibiotics and painkillers. Other treatments such as root planing and surgery are available if required to treat more advanced stages of gum disease.

Preventing Gum Disease

The best way to treat gum disease is by preventing it from occurring by maintaining a good standard or oral hygiene. Whilst it may seem like common sense, it’s important the following is carried out to help keep gum disease at bay:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, this helps removes the plaque of the surface of the teeth which can harden into tartar and lead to gum disease.
  • Regular Flossing. This is vital as can get to those hard to reach places a toothbrush simply can’t.
  • An Antibacterial Mouthwash can work in conjunction with brushing and flossing to help remove plaque from your mouth.

What to do for more advice

If you’re suffering from gum disease or experiencing any symptoms it’s worth seeking professional help from a dentist immediately. At the Scott Arms Dental Practice our Dentists in Birmingham have over 22 years of experience treating patients for gum disease related problems. We offer an emergency dental service 365 days a year and treat our patients with the highest standard of dental care.

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