Scale and Clean Perth

We believe that prevention is better than cure when it comes to oral care.

Our goal is simple – we’re here to help you look after your teeth. At Excel Dental Care, we are committed to helping patients achieve the best oral health possible, so they can enjoy their smiles for longer.

What is Dental Scale and Clean?

Dental scale and clean is a process designed to remove plaque and tartar that we miss during the daily cleaning of our teeth. Routinely visiting the dentist’s office can help prevent these residues from causing serious health issues like tooth decay or gum disease.

Oral and dental cleaning gets rid of the tartar that has collected on your teeth, above your gumline, forming a breeding ground for bacteria. If bacteria is allowed to fester, it can cause periodontal disease. Dental deep cleaning reduces the risk of gum inflammation and is sometimes used to treat it in its early stages.

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Why should you get your teeth cleaned by a professional?

Any of the following symptoms call for professional dental cleaning

  • Bleeding gums (gingivitis, or stage 1 periodontitis)
  • Increased redness of gums
  • Stained teeth
  • Temporomandibular joint (jaw joint pain)
  • Inflamed/sensitive gum tissue
  • Gums that recede from the teeth
  • Presence of plaque and tartar that you can’t remove by brushing or flossing

What to expect during a dental scale and clean appointment?

Dental scaling and cleaning usually take between about 30 minutes depending on the concentration of tartar.

The dental cleaning procedure

One with handheld instruments, the other with ultrasonic

Oral examination 

The first step a dental hygienist will take before cleaning your teeth is to do a proper examination.

Usually, during this process, the dental hygienist inspects inside your mouth, using a small mirror to check for signs of gingivitis or identify possible areas of tartar concentration.

The rest of the cleaning process depends on the outcome of this oral examination. If all is fine, you are cleared to proceed to the next step.

Removing plaque and tartar

This is where the scaling process begins. There are basically two types of scaling and cleaning.

The first involves the use of ultrasonic equipment to clean your teeth. This is an extremely advanced type of teeth cleaning that combines high-frequency vibration and fast-flowing water. The vibrating metal tip of the instrument chips off the tarter, while the stream of water flushes it out of the pocket.

In the second option, we use handheld instruments. Here, the dental hygienist, using a scaler and guided by a mirror, removes plaque and tartar between your teeth and around your gum line. During this process, you are likely to hear a scraping sound as the dental practitioner scales and cleans your teeth.

Plaque forms when bacteria in your mouth mixes with sugary or starchy food. However, proper oral hygiene like brushing and flossing regularly prevents plaque from hardening into tartar. Tartar, on the other hand, can only be removed at the dentist’s office. The more tartar you have, the longer the time it takes to scrape it all.

Toothpaste cleaning

This is a deep cleaning process where the hygienist brushes your teeth with toothpaste and an electric brush. The goal is to remove any remaining tartar from the earlier scaling process. It also works to remove stains and make the teeth shine with a healthy glow.

Professional flossing

Having an expert floss your teeth further removes any tartar that escaped the earlier processes. Regardless of whether you floss regularly or not, nothing beats a professional flossing experience. In this process, the dental hygienist could also observe your teeth and gum health for signs of bleeding and other potential problems.


The next step is where you rinse your mouth to get rid of the residues from the earlier processes.

Fluoride treatment

In teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment is the icing on the cake. It is the last step in the entire process and serves to protect your teeth from cavities for several months after the dental cleaning. If you are bothered about the taste of the fluoride treatment, you have nothing to worry about as it comes in various flavours.

How to Prepare for your Dental Appointment

The great news about scaling and root planning is that you don’t have to do much to prepare for this procedure itself. What is recommended is regular oral care that includes regular flossing and brushing your teeth at least twice a day.

Other great dental health care tips to embrace are using prescribed oral probiotics and eating low sugar/starch diets.

However, here are some ways you can prepare for the appointment with your dentist:

  • Book the appointment and be forthright with the dentist regarding any questions.
  • Confirm the appointment at least 24 hours to time.
  • Brush and floss on the appointment day to have your mouth in the best possible state for the procedure.
  • Finally, you should do your best to arrive early, fill the paperwork, and get settled before the procedure.

Post-Cleaning Care and Recommendations

After the deep cleaning procedure, it is not uncommon to experience some discomfort. These inconveniences may include mildly sensitive teeth to cold drinks and slight gum tenderness. To avoid these temporary discomforts, our dentist may advise you to do some of all of the following:

  • Use of desensitizing toothpaste.
  • Avoid eating or drinking hot, cold, or spicy foods and drinks for a few days.
  • Using a prescription mouthwash to keep your gums clean.
  • Taking an over-the-counter analgesic before your anaesthesia wears off.
  • Scheduling a follow-up dental appointment to monitor progress.

How Often Should You Get Dental Cleaning?

For most people with healthy teeth and gums, we recommend that you only need this procedure twice a year. However, if you have severe periodontitis or any other oral health concern, we may have a different recommendation for you.

Speak to a dentist now to find out what’s best for you.

Cost of a Dental Cleaning in Perth

The cost of dental cleaning usually depends on the concentration of tartar buildup and some other factors. Hence, we offer services to suit the particular needs of the client. We don’t have a one-size-fits-all price list, but we love to listen to you and see how we can help.

You can reach out to us  to get a quote or book an appointment.

What more? You can book in advance. The best part of booking in advance is that you’ll get a quote for the dental examination before committing any money towards this process!

Anywhere you are in Perth, there’s only one place to go to get your teeth properly scaled and cleaned: Excel Dental Care.

If you want to know more about what we do here at Excel Dental Care, feel free to contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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