Dental scaling and hygiene appointments are important routine dental procedures that involve the removal of plaque, tartar, and stains from the teeth and gums to prevent or treat gum disease and maintain oral health.
Scaling is a procedure where a dental professional uses special instruments to remove tartar build up from the teeth, both above and below the gumline. Hygiene appointments may also include a dental cleaning, which involves the use of hand and ultrasonic cleaners and a gritty paste and a rotating brush to remove surface stains from the teeth.
In addition to removing plaque and tartar, dental scaling and hygiene appointments may also involve educating the patient on proper oral hygiene techniques, such as brushing and flossing, and recommending products to maintain oral health.
It’s recommended that most people have a dental scaling and hygiene appointment at least once every six months, although the frequency of appointments may vary depending on the individual’s oral health needs.