Maintaining good oral health is crucial for preventing dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Regular scaling and polishing treatments are among the best ways to maintain oral health. This blog post will discuss how standard scaling and polishing treatments can help maintain oral health and the benefits of these treatments.

What are Scale and Polish Treatments?

During a scale and polish treatment, plaque, tartar, and stains from your teeth are removed. In this section, we will briefly explain the whole procedure and emphasise the importance of removing plaque and tartar from your teeth.

A Brief Explanation of the Process

Scale and polish is a dental hygiene treatment that involves a dental hygienist removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth with specialised tools. After the scaling is completed, they will polish your teeth with a mildly abrasive paste to remove surface stains and smooth the tooth surface, making it more difficult for plaque to accumulate on the teeth.

The Importance of Removing Plaque and Tartar

A buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth can cause several dental problems, including gum disease and tooth decay. By removing them regularly, you can prevent gum disease and tooth decay arising from the buildup of plaque and tartar.

Benefits of Regular Scale and Polish Treatments

There are numerous benefits to having regular scale and polish treatments. In this section, we will discuss how these treatments can prevent gum disease and tooth decay, aid in the early detection of potential dental issues, and contribute to fresh breath and a cleaner mouth.

Prevention of Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

Regular scale and polish treatments can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay by removing harmful plaque and tartar before they cause damage. This preventive measure is essential for maintaining oral health and avoiding costly dental treatments in the future.

Early Detection of Potential Dental Issues

When you visit your dental hygienist for a regular scale and polish treatment, any potential dental issues can be detected earlier, allowing for prompt intervention and a higher likelihood of a successful outcome.

Fresh Breath and a Cleaner Mouth

By removing plaque, tartar, and surface stains from your teeth, scale and polish treatments contribute to fresh breath, a cleaner mouth, and a healthier mouth. Not only is this effective at improving the appearance of your teeth, but it also promotes better oral hygiene.

Frequency of Scale and Polish Treatments

In this section, we will discuss the recommended visit frequency for maintaining oral health as well as the factors that may influence the need for more frequent appointments in the future.

Recommended Visit Frequency for Maintaining Oral Health

It is important to keep up with regular dental checkups to maintain good oral health.

Dentists typically recommend having a scale and polish treatment every six months as part of your routine dental check-up. This is because dental plaque and tartar can build up over time, leading to tooth decay and gum disease if left unchecked.

However, the recommended frequency of scaling and polishing treatments can vary depending on your individual oral health needs. For example, if you have a history of gum disease or are prone to tartar buildup, your dentist or hygienist may recommend more frequent scaling and polishing treatments.

Additionally, if you have braces or other dental appliances, you may require more frequent visits to ensure that your teeth and gums are properly cleaned and maintained.

Factors That May Influence the Need for More Frequent Visits

Several factors can influence the need for more frequent scale and polish treatments. Some of these factors include:

  • Genetics: Some people are genetically predisposed to developing plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to more frequent dental visits.
  • Diet: Consuming a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates can increase your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease, which may require more frequent dental visits.
  • Tobacco use: Smoking and other forms of tobacco use can increase your risk of developing oral health problems, which may require more frequent dental visits.
  • Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, can increase your risk of developing oral health problems and may require more frequent dental visits.

Your dentist or hygienist will advise you on the appropriate frequency of scale and polish treatments for your specific needs. By keeping up with regular dental check-ups and maintaining good oral hygiene habits at home, you can help prevent dental problems and keep your smile healthy and bright.

Advanced and Extended Hygiene Treatments

There are situations when advanced and extended hygiene treatments may be beneficial to the patient. We will provide an overview of the benefits of air polishing and full-mouth disinfection for patients with periodontal or implant treatments and discuss how they can benefit those patients.

Overview of Air Polishing and Full Mouth Disinfection

Air polishing involves using a combination of air, water, and fine powder to remove stains and plaque more effectively than traditional scaling and polishing. To treat gum infections, full mouth disinfection involves a thorough cleaning of the mouth, including scaling, root planing, and antimicrobial rinses.

Benefits of These Treatments for Patients With Periodontal or Implant Treatments

It has been shown that advanced hygiene treatments can be particularly beneficial for patients with periodontal or implant treatments. They help to reduce the risk of infection and maintain the health of the tissues surrounding the implant or periodontal treatment.

Several treatments can be carried out to ensure that the gums and implant sites are kept clean and free from harmful bacteria, which will contribute to the longevity of your dental implants as well as your overall oral health.

The Role of Practical Home Oral Care in Maintaining Healthy Teeth and Gums

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums requires more than just professional dental care. In this section, we will discuss the importance of daily brushing and flossing and incorporate mouthwash and other products into a dental care routine.

The Importance of Daily Brushing and Flossing

Daily brushing and flossing are crucial for maintaining good oral health. Brushing removes plaque and food particles from the teeth, while flossing ensures the spaces between the teeth and below the gum line are clean. These daily practices prevent plaque buildup and reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Incorporating Mouthwash and Other Products into a Dental Care Routine

Mouthwash and other dental care products, such as interdental brushes or tongue scrapers, can enhance your oral care routine. Mouthwash can help to kill bacteria and reduce plaque, while interdental brushes and tongue scrapers can further remove debris and bacteria that may be missed during regular brushing and flossing.


Regular scale and polish treatments are essential if you want to maintain good oral health and prevent dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

Our practice offers advanced hygiene treatments, including air polishing, complete mouth disinfection, and extended hygiene treatments for patients with periodontal or implant treatments. We believe in the importance of preventive dentistry and are committed to helping our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

If you would like more information on the scale and polish treatments or any other dental services offered at our practice, please don’t hesitate to contact us today! Our friendly team is always happy to answer any questions you may have.