Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene in Campsie

Oral hygiene is important for keeping your teeth and gums healthy, and our Campsie Street Dental team can help. We’re strong believers in preventive care and we want to help everyone in our community maintain good oral health. When you visit us for your regular check-up, we can scale and clean your teeth to remove plaque and help lower your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems. We can also discuss your daily oral care routine and recommend any improvements or hygiene products that could help you or your family.

If it’s been 6 months since your last check-up and clean, book an appointment at Campsie Street Dental today. Call our friendly team on
(02) 9718 7907.

Hygiene appointments: scale & clean

Even when you brush and floss properly, plaque can still build up on your teeth. That’s why we offer a scale and clean treatment as part of your regular check-up. Scaling and cleaning are two different treatments that need to be performed together (and in the right order). Our professionals can remove any plaque or calculus that may have accumulated since your last visit and help keep your teeth feeling smooth and clean.

At Campsie Street Dental, we use modern instruments including ultrasonic scalers to help make your scale and clean as gentle and thorough as possible.

What is scaling?

Teeth scaling is the removal of dental plaque that has hardened into calculus (also called tartar). This can appear similar to teeth enamel, but it tends to stain more easily, which may lead to the teeth looking dark or discoloured.

We’ll loosen and gently remove calculus deposits from the surfaces and in between your teeth using an ultrasonic scaler. Once the hardened calculus has been removed, they we’ll clean and polish your teeth and apply fluoride to help protect them against further plaque build-up.

Why is scaling required?

Brushing and flossing aren’t always enough to remove plaque from your teeth. Plaque can harden into calculus in just 48 hours, which can firmly attach to your teeth and can only be removed through scaling.

Allowing calculus to remain on your teeth can increase your risk of developing oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. It can also make your teeth appear duller and lead to bad breath.

What’s the difference between scaling and cleaning?

Teeth cleaning and polishing can remove sticky plaque from your teeth, but not plaque that’s already hardened into calculus. In fact, polishing teeth while calculus is still present risks embedding it into the teeth and making it difficult to remove.

That’s why the scaling treatment is performed first to remove all the calculus from your teeth before cleaning and polishing their surfaces to a smooth finish. A fluoride layer can then be applied as a temporary protection to help guard against further plaque on your teeth.

What are tooth decay and gum disease?

If bacteria are allowed to build up on your teeth, they can convert the food and drink you consume into acids that erode the surfaces of your teeth. Over time, this can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Good oral hygiene and regular trips to your dentist can help keep bacteria and tooth decay at bay.

If plaque or calculus reach your gum line, this can irritate the gum tissue and make it swell, turn red or bleed when you brush your teeth. This is gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. It can usually be managed by maintaining good oral hygiene, including dental visits for hygiene treatments.

Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) involves further damage below the gums and to the support structures of your teeth. Over time, this may lead your teeth to loosen and fall out.

How to care for your teeth and gums at home

Oral hygiene doesn’t end at the dental clinic. Following good habits every day will help you and your family to maintain healthy teeth and lower your risk of dental problems.

As part of a good oral hygiene routine, we recommend:

  • brushing your teeth, preferably with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, for 2 minutes each time
  • flossing between your teeth once a day to help remove trapped food and plaque
  • drinking recommended amounts of water throughout the day
  • try avoiding food and drink that’s high in sugar or acids
  • rinsing your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash
  • visiting your dentist regularly for a check-up and clean

If our dentists notice opportunities to improve your oral hygiene, they may suggest changes to your brushing and flossing routine or your diet. They may also recommend other hygiene products if you could use a little extra help.

Make an appointment

For more information about hygiene treatments or to book an appointment at our Campsie Street clinic, call us now on (02) 9718 7907 or fill out the form below.