Scale & Polishing

  • South Down Dental Clinic

    Procedure time

    30 mins - 1 hour

What is the treatment?

To reduce the risk of gum disease or to help stop it from becoming more serious, your dentist may recommend that you have a professional clean, called a scale and polish, to get your teeth properly clean.

Gum disease is often caused by a build-up of plaque bacteria. The best way to remove this is by twice-daily tooth brushing. But no matter how well you clean your teeth, there will always be hard to reach areas that are tricky to keep clean. In these areas, plaque bacteria can accumulate and may eventually mineralise to form a tough, crusty deposit called calculus or tartar, which is impossible to remove by brushing alone. If not removed, more plaque can build up around the tooth and potentially under the gum line, leading to the progression of gum disease.


South Down Dental Clinic

We operate on a dentist referral basis only.

Please speak to your dentist about getting referred to this clinic.

South Down Dental Clinic

How long does it take?

Total scale and polish or teeth cleaning treatment with us will take anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour. (The duration depends on the overall health of your mouth.) Your first appointment will usually take 30 minutes, and if further treatment is needed we can discuss further treatment plans.

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If you have any concerns about your treatment, please call the South Down Dental Clinic 028/(048 ROI) 3025 1715.