Scale And Polish

Our experienced physician

Physician Details

  • Name : Dr. Sara Tsegaye
  • Experience : 8 Years
  • Speciality : Periodontology, Restorative Dentistry, Extraction and Dental Emergencies
  • Personal Note : I do all i can to maintain goor oral health and create a beautiful smile for my patients.

Our experienced physician

Physician Details

  • Name : Dr. Habtamu Ahmed
  • Years Of Experience : 30
  • Known For : Restorative Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Peridontology, Pedodontics
  • Personal Note : I have been in the field of Dentistry for more than 30 years. I am passionate about all aspects of the field.

Scale And Polish

A scale and Polish is the cleaning of your teeth, both the visible part above the gums and just under the gums where your toothbrush is unable to reach. Scaling refers to the removal of plaque and calculus, this is the white or yellow hard deposits that can build up on your teeth and is not removable by routine brushing (a bit like limescale in the kettle). The calculus can also build up just under the gums where your brush cannot reach.

The polishing refers to the removal of stains and very small particles of calculus using a high speed brush.

The dentist may sometimes refer you to the Hygienist for a scale and polish. The hygienist specialises in the health of your gums and your general oral health.


Scale And Polish - How?


The hygienist or dentist scales your teeth by using a combination of hand and motorised instruments in order to remove the calculus which builds up on your teeth both above and slightly below gum level.

The hygienist polishes your teeth using a high speed brush or rubber cup together with special cleaning pastes. This removes staining and small particles of remaining calculus. The debris which the hygienist removes cannot be removed by toothbrush and toothpaste at home.

A lot of water is used to cool the scaling instruments and to wash away the debris as it is removed, a suction tube is used to suck away the excess water during the procedure.

The scaling of teeth can sometimes be sensitive, especially if your gums have receded and the top of the root of the tooth is exposed. Should you require it, the dentist can give you an injection to numb each area of your mouth to minimise the sensitivity. However this will require more than one visit to the dental practice as it is not possible to numb the entire mouth at one time.