Scale and Polish
Keeping your smile in tip-top condition

At East Park Dental, we know that every great smile needs regular maintenance to keep it looking its best. Our recommended treatment is more than just a standard Scale and Polish – it’s a full hygiene service designed to strip away the build-up of the plaque and calculus that can stimulate tooth decay and gum disease. We’ll also give you preventative advice to help you keep your mouth healthy, now and in the future.

 To remove plaque, calculus and other debris from the surface of your teeth – and from between your teeth – we use the very latest technology in our Northampton surgery. As an extra service, we also offer an advanced air polishing system which uses a jet of air, water and sodium bicarbonate to clean and polish.

  • Quickly and safely removes calculus and plaque build-up
  • Deeper-level treatments available if you haven’t been to the dentist for a while
  • Essential treatment for keeping teeth, gums, and yourself healthy
  • Removes unsightly surface stains caused by smoking, red wine, coffee and tea

"Scale and polish appointments should be a key part of your regular dental hygiene regime – particularly if you know you’re prone to gum disease."

Greg’s story

I hadn’t been to the dentist for a few years, and I could feel how ‘furry’ my teeth were becoming. After registering with East Park Dental, I knew I’d come to the right place. After my scale and polish treatment I felt instantly cleaner and fresher.

Greg, Billing Park
“I felt instantly cleaner and fresher”

Frequently asked questions

I clean my teeth every day at home. Why do I need a scale and polish?

Over time, a layer of hard plaque builds up on our teeth – it’s a bit like limescale in a kettle. Sadly, no amount of scrubbing with a toothbrush can remove this. It becomes a place where bacteria can accumulate and eventually leads to bad breath or gum disease. While you’re brushing, you could also be missing parts of your mouth without realising. So we can advise you on ways to improve your cleaning technique at home.

My teeth are yellow. Will scale and polish make them whiter?

A dental hygiene appointment will remove visible surface staining from your teeth such as tea, coffee or tobacco – this is known as ‘extrinsic staining’. However, if the overall colour of your tooth is darker or has become darker over the years - known as ‘intrinsic staining’ - then the colour won’t change significantly with a scale and polish. We’d recommend a course of tooth whitening to make your teeth whiter.

Q Do I need to see a dentist before booking a scale and polish with a hygienist?

No – you can go straight to the hygienist for this treatment here in our Northampton practice. If you haven’t seen a dentist for a long time, we’d recommend you book yourself in for a dental health check.

I have very sensitive teeth, so will my scale and polish hurt?

We can do a ‘hand scale’ to avoid water spray which can feel cold on your teeth. This treatment can take a little longer so you may need a slightly longer appointment.

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To find out more or talk in confidence with one of our dental team, please contact us

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Scale and Polish pricing

  • From:£48
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Who are East Park Dental?

East Park Dental, where our patients are at the heart of everything we do. We’re Northampton’s dental experts, offering the widest range of care – from a simple filling to a completely new smile. Our treatments are backed by advanced dental insights, techniques and technologies to make sure we’re the very best practice at the heart of our community. And it’s all delivered by the friendliest team, with over 100 years experience between us. So go on, smile... you’re in great hands!