Scale / Polish
When you go for a check-up, your dentist may do a 'scale and polish'. Essentially, this is a deep clean of your mouth, where the dentist or hygienist will use a special tool to get rid of the hard build up of tartar (Calculus) then follow up by giving the teeth a thorough polish. The dentist will probably concentrate on the areas just below the gum line, behind your teeth and in the gaps in between them, as these are the bits that we sometimes miss when we're brushing our teeth. The scale and polish will help fight against gum disease - although you still need to do your bit by brushing properly twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing!