The sugars and starches in the foods contained in the food we eat are a constant threat to our teeth. The substances released combine with the dental plaque – the sticky layer that gathers on top of our teeth. This combination produces an acid that is harmful to our teeth. Air polishing removes the plaque, leaving behind a pleasantly smooth sensation on your teeth. Air polishing also prevents bacteria from sticking to teeth, which helps prevent calculus build-up. This also helps reduce the risk of gum disease.
For air polishing, we utilise a specialised tool that ejects all the contaminants from the mouth. We clean a segment of a discoloured or spoiled tooth by utilising a fine stream of particles. The stream is a mixture of the following ingredients: silica, alumina, and bicarbonate. This mix is directed to the tooth’s surface using compressed air. After the harmful particles have been removed from the tooth’s surface, they are drawn out using a thin pipe.
A modern solution
Air polishing is painless, especially when compared to other, traditional methods of plaque removal. However, some patients may experience some discomfort, e.g. when the particle stream hits the gums instead of the teeth. A precise hygienist can limit gum contact to a minimum, which significantly reduces or completely eliminates the pain.