Dental Hygiene Teeth Cleaning
Scaling, debridement, sanitization, and “teeth cleaning”, are all interchangeable words used to describe the same thing. To remove hard and soft deposits that cause dental disease from above or below your gums. It is a procedure that is performed by a Registered Dental Hygienist.
The goal of scaling, debridement, sanitization or teeth cleaning, is to treat and prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease by removing the biofilm (bacteria, yeast, amoeba, fungi, and protozoa) that accumulate in your mouth.
Aesthetically, you may be motivated to have your teeth debrided or scaled, but the most important reason for having your teeth debrided, or scaled, is to remove the disease-causing biofilm or pathogens in your mouth.
Q. How do I scale, debride, sanitize or “clean your teeth”?
A. My first concern is to make the debridement process comfortable for you so I offer a few different options
Dental hygiene scalers have been around for decades. This is the most common way to clean teeth. I use a series of sharp instruments with various strokes and pressure to remove the deposits that are on your teeth. I use a variety of dental scalers, that are made of high-quality steel, and are always kept sharp so there are less pull and fewer strokes applied to your teeth to remove the stain and hard and soft deposits on your teeth.
Q. What type of machine are you are using to clean my teeth?
A. I am thrilled to be able to offer you the latest dental teeth cleaning equipment called the EMS Airflow Prophylaxis Master unit. This machine uses distilled water powder specialized handpieces to remove the biofilm in your mouth.
Here is more information on the various teeth cleaning options that the EMS Air Flow Prophylaxis Master unit can offer you.
Dental Piezo Cleaning
I use piezoelectric ultrasonic scaling technology made by EMS, a company based out of Europe. To convert electrical power to move in the working tip, the piezoelectric scaler uses ceramic crystal vibrations. The vibratory motions of the crystals are transformed to the tip of the instrument to produce a linear movement at 32, 000 cycles per second. The piezoelectric working tip screws into the end of the hand-piece, and are available in many angles depending on where the dental hygienist is using the tip. Because of the tip moving in a linear motion, the side of the tip is used to remove debris on the teeth instead of the actual tip. Very little heat is generated from the piezoelectric tip which makes its use very comfortable for the client. Less water comes out of the tip to reduce the feeling of drowning during dental hygiene treatment. Water reservoirs attach directly to each machine and can be interchanged with distilled water or mouthwash, depending on the client’s needs.
The piezoelectric scaler has a micro-controller to ensure client comfort during dental hygiene treatment. The piezoelectric system comes with a series of specialized tips for clients with periodontal disease, implants, veneers, crowns, and bridges.
One of the tips has a plastic coating on it, so it does not scratch your expensive dental work like dental implants.
This system is not typically found in most dental offices because it is not learned in dental hygiene school and requires additional training to learn to use the piezoelectric system.
Dental Air Flow Cleaning
I have the EMS Airflow Prophylaxis Master unit. I am thrilled to be able to offer you the latest dental teeth cleaning equipment. This machine uses distilled water powder specialized handpieces to remove the biofilm in your mouth. At your appointment, I will update your medical health history form to make sure there are no contraindications to having the Air Flow machine used during your appointment. I will apply a disclosing solution to your teeth to dye the stain and biofilm in your mouth a pink color so it's easily identified. I will then demonstrate to you where the biofilm is found on your teeth and offer you suggestions and motivational techniques to be able to apply at home to reduce the biofilm in your mouth with your oral home hygiene practices. I will use the Air Flow to remove a visible biofilm on your teeth.
Dental Perio Flow Cleaning Dental Implants and Deep Periodontal Pockets
Once I have removed the visible biofilm on the surfaces of your teeth with the Air Flow machine I will use a specialized Perio Flow nozzle with a disposable tip on it to insert underneath your gum line to remove the biofilm subgingival in your deeper pockets or your dental implant.
Even though I am using a machine I may still need to pick up the traditional hand scalers to remove hard deposits on your teeth or I may use the Piezo scaler to remove the remaining deposits after I use the Air Flow machine. To provide you with optimal cleaning I will use multiple techniques to clean your teeth. Once I have finished cleaning your teeth I will check to make sure that I removed the majority of deposits in your mouth I will floss your teeth and offer you a napkin for your face and the mirror so you can take a look at your beautiful clean smile. Based on my assessment findings of your mouth I will recommend a frequency schedule for you to return to my practice for your next teeth cleaning to keep your mouth healthy.
Here is a picture of the machine I use to clean your teeth called the EMS Airflow Prophylaxis Master unit