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.