New air polisher provides advanced stain and plaque removal

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May 2018

At NICD, we have a new air polishing system that removes bacterial plaque and stain during your dental cleaning appointments. It not only leaves your teeth feeling amazingly smooth and clean, it removes bacterial plaque above and below the gum line to help give you a healthier smile. This procedure replaces the rubber cup polishing at the end of your dental recall appointment.

The technology of air polishing includes a device that uses water and compressed air along with glycine powder, a specialized anti-inflammatory powder formulated with low abrasive particles. Glycine is an amino acid naturally produced by our body and is 80 percent less abrasive than sodium bicarbonate, a powder used since the 1970’s to remove stain in older versions of air polishing devices. Glycine has been recognized as having anti-inflammatory properties as well, which leads to a decrease in bleeding gums, pocket depths and inflammation.

Other benefits of the air polisher are that it easily removes plaque around orthodontic brackets without interfering with the fixed appliances; gently eliminates biofilm on all implant surfaces aiding in the prevention of peri-implantitis (gum disease that can develop around implants); and can help reduce inflammation and pocket depths in patients prone to gingivitis and periodontal disease, aka: gum disease.

For those of you who aren’t sure of this new procedure, we will continue to offer the rubber cup polishing technique. Some of our patients who have a higher sensitivity to cold may not care for the cool air/water/powder combination inherent in the air polishing process. So if you would like to give air polishing a try at your next dental recall, just ask our hygienist, Kendra, about it. She is very knowledgeable about this procedure and can answer all of your questions.

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