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What are dental cleanings and why have them?

Dental cleanings (also known as a scale and polish) involve removing plaque and tartar deposits that have built up on the teeth over time.

Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva which contains calcium and other substances which help strengthen and protect the teeth.

While this is a good thing, it also means that we tend to get a build-up of calcium deposits on the teeth.

Hard plaque is tooth coloured and can easily be mistaken as part of the tooth and can vary from brown to black in colour.

Unfortunately, you are unable to remove hard plaque and tartar from your teeth at home (using a toothbrush), and this is why a professional dental cleaning is recommended.


How are dental cleanings carried out at Ferry Dental Centre?

1) Initial Consultation: The hygienist or dentist ask a few questions about medical, dental and your current oral hygiene routine. This is so that they can get a better understanding of your current situation and to make any changes if necessary.

2) Examining: The next step is examining your gum health for periodontal (gum) disease and also an oral cancer screening check. Any irregularities, the hygienist/dentist will let you know.

3) Treatment: After examining your gums, they will carry out either the following treatments:

  • Scale and Polish: This involves removal of tartar deposits using a combination of an ultrasonic scaler and manual scalers. This is then followed by polishing the teeth which helps to remove mild stains and create a smooth surface to help reduce the bacteria sticking to the teeth.
  • Air Flow: In addition to the removal of tartar deposits, air abrasion helps to remove more severe staining by using a tool that consists of water, flavoured powder and air. This will leave your mouth feeling clean, fresh and a brighter smile.

Your dentist or hygienist will advise you which method would be suited to you.

4) Personalized advice: This will be given after treatment. Advice on techniques of the best way and tailored to you to keep your gums as well as your teeth healthy at home. Regular recalls are important and your clinician will advise you on how often you should attend your appointments.

The photo below is an example of a scale and polish, which has been carried out by our hygienist in Southampton at Ferry Dental Centre.

Do dental cleanings hurt?

Most people find that cleanings are painless and many find it a pleasant experience!

But be sure to let your hygienist know if you find things are getting too uncomfortable for your liking. Painful cleaning experiences can be caused by a number of things: a rough dentist or hygienist, exposed dentine, or sore gum tissues.

In case you may have had painful cleaning experiences in the past, switching to a gentle hygienist can often make all the difference. You could also choose to be numbed. If you find the scaling a bit uncomfortable because the gums or your teeth are sensitive, topical numbing gel can be used or proper local anesthetic.


Our latest 5-star hygienist reviews:

I had a scale and polish yesterday with Justine. I’m usually very hesitant to go for these appointments as I have sensitive teeth but Justine was great, very patient and talked me through everything. She gave me lots of advice on how to keep my teeth free of plaque and my gums healthy. I would definitely recommend Justine the hygienist, and also a thank you to Anna on reception who is so friendly and helpful.

Justine and the team are amazing! The best hygiene service I have received in years. Highly recommend Justine as she is very attentive, professional, has eye to details and does a great job. Have already had 2 appointments with Justine and looking forward to my next one.

Friendly staff and excellent dentists- fully recommend! Every time I go for a scale and polish all the plaque is completely removed and the hygienists are so very gentle with their equipment. Very very pleased with their care

To book your appointment, simply call us on 02380 332255 to speak with one of our friendly staff members. Alternatively, complete our convenient contact form. Just provide your details, and we’ll get in touch with you promptly to schedule your appointment.

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James CruzatJames Cruzat
13:05 24 May 24
The doctor and the staff is really nice and gentle.They give me special treatment and they deliver excellent job..what else can I say is well done and a full star of appreciation for the job.Thank you very much
Francesco MesoracaFrancesco Mesoraca
04:09 24 May 24
Just completed my clearcorrect treatment and after 12 months with Dr Marwa the results are fantastic.
09:24 04 May 24
I express my deep gratitude to the entire team of the Ferry Dental Centre I would like to express my gratitude to absolutely every employee. Thank you all so much for your attention, kindness, and high professionalism!!! Especially Dr. Yuri! I recommend to all.
11:47 02 May 24
Ferry Dental Centre is an exceptional place for all your dental needs. Dr. Juri stands out as a highly skilled and professional dentist who truly cares about his patients. The staff at Ferry Dental Centre are welcoming, and the office has a warm and friendly atmosphere that puts patients at ease.Dr. Juri's expertise and gentle approach make dental visits comfortable and stress-free. I highly recommend Ferry Dental Centre for top-notch dental care.
Zoe JacksonZoe Jackson
20:03 14 Apr 24
I have had a fantastic experience with Ferry Dental.I approached them as an anxious patient (having not been to the dentist for nearly a decade) and the staff were so friendly and calming. Despite having a big cry before my first appointment my consultation was fantastic and I left feeling much more comfortable with the prospect of going to the dentist.Since then I’ve had many appointments with Marwa (orthodontist) and the hygienist and no longer dread or cry before appointments. Marwa in particular is so kind and friendly and always checks in with me throughout appointments to make sure I’m calm and happy.All the staff have been so friendly and know who I am and have been fully informed of my anxiety. It’s been very relieving to go from appointment to appointment and each practitioner knows exactly who I am, what I’ve had done, and really look after me as an individual.Also a massive shout out to the reception team (particularly Anna) who are always so so friendly and greet me by name and know who I am.I highly recommend this dentist - particularly those who hate going to the dentist and/or suffer from anxiety. A massive thank you to Ferry Dental for helping me get over my fear of the dentist ❤️
Adrian NeagoieAdrian Neagoie
15:49 22 Jan 24
I had a great experience at Ferry Dental Centre. The staff was very friendly and professional, and the facility was clean and modern. Dr Denis took the time to explain everything to me and I felt very comfortable throughout my visit. I will definitely be recommending Ferry Dental Centre to my friends and family.