Scale and Cleans

Scale and Cleans at East Adelaide Dental Studio

Most dental problems are preventable. Our hygienists are here to help you lower your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems. When you schedule a checkup every six months, we’ll evaluate your overall smile to identify areas that may need a little extra attention before they turn into bigger issues later on.

During Your Checkup

In addition to regular exams, your checkup will consist of preventative measures like:
  • Clean and Polish — Our hygienist will scale away soft and calcified buildup, then polish off surface stains to reveal a fresh, bright smile! We’ll also talk you through an adapted oral hygiene plan to manage buildup in any specific problem areas.
  • Oral Cancer Exam — Risk factors like viruses, sun exposure, genetics or tobacco and alcohol use can significantly increase your chances of this deadly disease. To save your life, early diagnosis is crucial.
  • Digital X-rays — Low-radiation X-rays make it possible to screen for issues that aren’t visible during your clinical exam. We need X-rays to check for cavities between teeth, evaluate bone levels and identify abscesses or impacted teeth.
  • TMJ Evaluation — Your jaw joint is responsible for thousands of movements per day. The way it functions affects everything from your tooth wear to headache risk. During your exam, we’ll check for symptoms of TMJ disorder, popping, irregular deviation and more.
  • Pit and Fissure Sealants — Easily block out cavity-causing bacteria with a protective sealant. These preventative coatings take only a few minutes to apply to your tooth.
  • Fluoride Treatment — Reduce your risk of cavities and manage tooth sensitivity with a professional fluoride application every six months.
  • Periodontal Assessment — As we measure multiple points around each tooth, our hygienists can assess the levels of gum attachment to pinpoint gum disease when it first starts.

What is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection of the supporting gum and bone structure around your teeth. It’s caused by bacterial-induced inflammation and results in tissue detachment. If not treated quickly enough, gum disease eventually leads to tooth mobility, gum recession and tooth loss.

Regular scale and cleans with our hygienist help to minimise the amount of buildup under your gums, lowering your risk of periodontitis. If your gums bleed when you brush and floss, be sure to let us know! This common symptom could mean that you have something more than a minor case of gingivitis.

A Risk for Your Overall Health

Active gum disease is closely linked with major health problems like diabetes, pneumonia, heart attack, stroke, infertility and premature labour. Treating periodontal infections isn’t just about saving your smile; it’s essential to having a healthy life.


Plan to book a visit every six months to stop common dental problems before they start. For Scale and Cleans Glenside, contact us today.

Frequently Asked Questions

A scale and clean is a preventive dental procedure performed by our hygienists to help lower your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. It involves the removal of soft and calcified buildup (plaque and tartar) from your teeth and the polishing of surface stains, leaving you with a fresh, bright smile.
During your appointment, in addition to regular exams, our hygienists will perform a scale and clean. They will also conduct an oral cancer exam, take digital X-rays, evaluate your TMJ (jaw joint), apply pit and fissure sealants if needed, administer fluoride treatment, and assess your gum health through a periodontal assessment.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the supporting gum and bone structure around your teeth. It can lead to tooth mobility, gum recession, and tooth loss if not treated promptly. Regular scale and cleans help minimise gum buildup and reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease.
Routine dental checkups every six months help identify and address oral health issues early, preventing them from becoming more significant problems. A scale and clean during these appointments helps maintain your oral hygiene and reduce the risk of dental problems.
Gum disease is linked to major health problems such as diabetes, pneumonia, heart attacks, strokes, infertility, and premature labour. Treating periodontal infections isn’t just about preserving your smile; it’s essential for overall health and well-being.
To schedule a checkup and scale and clean in Glenside, please contact our office today. Booking regular visits every six months helps prevent common dental problems and maintain your oral health.

Is it time for your check up and clean?”