What is a scale and clean?
A thin layer of bacteria forms on tooth surfaces very soon after they are cleaned. If this is left too long the plaque becomes mineralised into hard calcified deposits called calculus (tartar or scale). While regular brushing and flossing will help get rid of plaque and prevent calculus, once there is calculus on your teeth it can be very difficult to remove it and brushing and flossing usually is not enough. A professional scale and clean removes calculus, plaque and food debris from the mouth and teeth surfaces to reduce the risk of decay and gum disease (periodontitis).
Should I have a fluoride treatment?
Fluoride helps to desensitise, remineralise and strengthen tooth surfaces and the best time to do this is after all the plaque and calculus have been removed at your regular scale and clean appointment. Fluoride applied to the tooth surfaces becomes incorporated into the tooth and makes the teeth more acid resistant to help prevent dental decay.
Will a scale and clean make my teeth whiter?
Teeth generally look whiter after a scale and clean as all of the plaque, calculus and stain have been removed. Although the underlying tooth colour will not be affected at a scale and clean, the appearance will usually be whiter.