Scale and Polish Frequently Asked Questions

I brush my teeth regularly, Do I still need a scale and a polish?

Yes! Even if you brush regularly, there are hard-to-reach areas where plaque can build up. Once the plaque is turned into hardened tartar, it is not possible to remove it by brushing, and scaling is required.

Why is it important to get my teeth scaled and polished?

Dental plaque and calculus (commonly known as tartar) if not removed can even lead to the loss of your tooth. If not scaled and polished regularly, bacteria will build up and inflame the gums and gum line. (Initial stage of gum inflammation is called Gingivitis). If this is not treated it will lead to gum disease and finally, the tooth structure will be affected. Therefore, a scale polish not only cleans your teeth but also reduces the risk of gum disease and saves your teeth in the long run.

How often should I get my teeth scaled and polished?

Unless advised otherwise by your dentist, the general rule of thumb is to visit twice a year (every six months). How regularly you should scale and polish depends on your lifestyle habits and health. Some people may require more frequent professional cleaning than others due to smoking, tea/coffee/wine staining, bad breath, a history of gum disease/decay, rapid plaque build-up, and poor oral hygiene.

Is scaling and polishing a painful procedure?

Most people find scaling and polishing to be painless. A scraping sensation may be felt during scaling, which causes little to no pain. However, if you have stubborn and deep tartar, sore gums, or exposed sensitive surfaces of your teeth, you may experience some pain. This pain is usually tolerable, but your dentist can provide local anesthetic if needed.

Is scale ad polish treatment done for children?

Yes, scale and polish treatment is done for children. It is a professional cleaning that removes plaque and tartar from the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. Tartar is a hard, calcified substance that forms when plaque is not removed. Both plaque and tartar can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Do scaling and polishing whiten teeth?

Scaling and polishing can make teeth appear whiter by removing plaque, tartar, and stains on the surface of the teeth. However, it is not a permanent solution for teeth whitening. If you want to achieve a whiter smile, you may need to consider other options, such as professional teeth whitening or at-home teeth whitening kits.

Are there any subsidies for scale and polish dental treatments?

Patients holding CHAS Blue or Orange, Pioneer Generation or Merdeka Generation Cards will be entitled to the relevant subsidies. You can claim them via Smilepoint Dental, we are an accredited dental.
*Shared across all types of partial root canal treatments.