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Dental hygiene, scale and polish, teeth scraping, teeth cleaning… there are many different terms used to describe the management of your oral hygiene by a dental hygienist. But are they all the same thing? What else does a dental hygienist do?

What Is a Scale and Polish?

A scale and polish is a thorough teeth cleaning procedure performed by a dental hygienist during a dental hygiene appointment. In smaller dental practices, a dentist may also perform this procedure. However, in larger practices like Spring Dental Practice in Hull, dentists focus on surgeries and procedures while our skilled hygienists ensure your teeth are clean and healthy.

During a scale and polish, plaque and tartar on your teeth are carefully scraped off using special tools in a painless process. Plaque is a hard substance formed by bacteria that consume the sugars in our food and produce acids that erode tooth enamel. If not removed, plaque can lead to cavities and gum disease.

Once the plaque is removed, a buffing tool is used to polish the teeth, removing surface stains and making the teeth smoother and brighter. This smooth surface helps prevent bacteria from adhering to your teeth and forming new plaque.

Does a Scale and Polish Whiten Your Teeth?

While a scale and polish can make your teeth look brighter by removing surface stains and yellowish plaque, it doesn’t actually whiten your teeth. For a whiter smile, you would need a professional teeth whitening treatment. This involves applying a chemical paste to your teeth and using UV light to enhance its effects, resulting in a whiter smile.

Whitening teeth procedure during visit at dentist.
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Why Is Scaling and Polishing Important?

Gum disease is often caused by the buildup of plaque bacteria. Regular brushing can remove much of this bacteria, but some areas are hard to reach with a toothbrush. Over time, plaque can mineralise into a tough deposit called calculus or tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing alone. If left untreated, this can lead to gum disease and other dental problems.

To reduce the risk of gum disease and keep your mouth healthy, your dentist may recommend a professional clean, known as a scale and polish. This procedure ensures that all plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth, even from the hard-to-reach areas.

What to Expect at a Scale and Polish Appointment

A scale and polish can be done by either your dentist or a dental hygienist. The procedure involves two main stages:

1. Scaling: The first stage involves removing deposits of plaque and tartar. An ultrasound scaler is often used to remove the bulk of the tartar, followed by specialised hand-held instruments to scrape away any remaining deposits.

2. Polishing: The second stage involves polishing your teeth to make their surface smooth and shiny. This not only improves the appearance of your teeth but also helps protect against further plaque buildup by smoothing out any rough patches where bacteria could adhere.

Your dentist will advise you on how often you should have a scale and polish. Remember, professional cleaning is an addition to your daily oral health routine and should never replace twice-daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste.

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Why Choose Spring Dental Care?

Choosing the right dentist can make all the difference in your oral health journey. Here are a few reasons why Spring Dental Care stands out:

  • Location: Situated in the heart of the Spring Bank West area, we are conveniently located for residents of Hull and nearby towns.
  • Expertise: Our team of dental professionals is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care tailored to meet the needs of each patient.
  • Community Focus: Understanding the unique challenges our community faces, we strive to offer practical and beneficial solutions, making dental care accessible to all.

Your Go-To Dentist in Hull and Beyond

At Spring Dental Care, everyone deserves a healthy, confident smile. From preventative care to complex dental procedures, we are here to support your oral health every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I have a scale and polish?

Your dentist or hygienist will recommend the best frequency for your scale and polish appointments based on your individual oral health needs, typically every 6 to 12 months.

Is the scale and polish procedure painful?

No, the procedure is generally painless. Some patients may experience slight discomfort if they have sensitive teeth or gums, but this is usually minimal.

Can a scale and polish remove deep stains?

A scale and polish can remove surface stains and brighten your teeth, but for deeper stains, professional teeth whitening may be necessary.

How long does a scale and polish appointment take?

The appointment usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar buildup.

Is scaling and polishing safe for everyone?

Yes, scaling and polishing are safe procedures for most people. However, your dentist will assess your oral health to ensure it’s the right treatment for you.

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Jackie McAndrew
Jackie McAndrew
19 February 2024
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Nidhi has restored my faith in dentists again. I used to be scared to death of dentists for various reasons but since coming to the practice a couple of years ago and explaining my fears, I can honestly say I don’t feel nervous anymore and I am happy to have any treatments because I know she will be very thorough, caring and will take very good care of me. The nurses and reception staff are also very professional and helpful!
Anda Cosug
Anda Cosug
30 January 2024
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I was afraid to go to the dentist before because I don't like needles and I don't like pain but here they are professionals and I had no pain . Dr. Serban is so good, experienced and professionally .I highly recommend the Spring Dental Practice 👏👏🦷🦷🦷
Stephanie Smith
Stephanie Smith
25 January 2024
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I was a very nervous about going to a dentist all I can say is they was FANTASTIC i came out smiling which I did not at my other dentist i will definitely be going back to them if like me you are nervous don't worry when you have been you will feel great again about dentist's thank you to all you are doing a great job thank again. Stephanie
Leanne Ellis
Leanne Ellis
13 January 2024
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Basically my toothache started on new years eve. I thought it would be gone so put up with the pain. It took me a week before i started to take pain killers. By the following monday i got in touch with the dentist practice through email and rung them up to register and by the tuesday i had enough of the pain and could not cope with it. Got an emergency appointment for that afternoon, ended on antibiotics and ended up booking for the tooth to be take out the following monday. But by the friday i ended up emailing them for an earlier appointment for the saturday which was met. I just want to say the staff that dealt with me put me at ease even though i was in tears during the procedure. They put you at ease by telling what they are doing during the procedure and after the procedure. Especailly katy and think it was courtney ( i think that was her name) and bobby being gentle as the best as he could.
Emma Jones
Emma Jones
12 December 2023
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Had a emergency appointment today . dentist was really nice made me feel at ease.staff were great two.thankyou definitely be coming back.😁
Tim Redgrave
Tim Redgrave
9 December 2023
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Pain free, quick and very professional. Definitely recommend
Jada S
Jada S
9 December 2023
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Katy was amazing at the desk, really friendly and down to earth, she made the start of the experience of what can be something scary alot nicer. For my operation i saw Hassan and he was very informative and quick with the procedure, so a thank you to him and the dental nurse Daniel for seeing me today!
Stephen Jefferson
Stephen Jefferson
9 December 2023
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Hassan is a brilliant dentist and all the team at spring head dentist are amazing I would highly recommend this dentist and Hassan to take your teeth out
Sam Thompson
Sam Thompson
9 December 2023
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I had not had a tooth out before and was very nervous. Hassan put me at rest and is a great dentist. Thanks for everything.