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Prophylaxis by Airflow Teeth Cleaning

Prophylaxis is teeth cleaning to prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay. Plaque is a mixture of bacteria, minerals and food leftovers that can irritates gums and causes inflammation over time. Plaque hardens into calculus, which no longer comes off by brushing or flossing. When you visit for an annual teeth cleaning, your dentists performs oral prophylaxis. With advance in today’s technologies, teeth cleaning is more comfortable and gentle with airflow.

Air Oral Cleaning

Air-flow teeth cleaning uses water jet combined with air, powder and water to clean teeth surfaces. It removes dental plaque, soft deposits and surface stains from pits, grooves, inter-proximal spaces. A precise stream enables a clog-free and effective oral clean.

Air Scaling

Air-scaling by air-flow removes hard tartar (calculus) buildup and soft plaque deposits on teeth surfaces. The technique cleans supra or subgingivally to remove agents that can cause inflammation. This helps teeth supporting tissues to be free of disease.

Air Polishing

Air polishing uses the same concept of air, specially processed sodium bicarbonate or glycine powders with water pressure to remove stains and smoothe teeth. Polishing makes your teeth shiny and less likely for plaque to stick over teeth.

At our BIDC, our dental center provides the choice of using conventional scalers and brushes for dental prophylaxis. Technologies from EMS Piezon is utilized for air-flow tooth polishing. The EMS Air-flow unit has a small tip and high frequency scaling tool. The unit is designed to enable complete sterilization in-line with our dental clinic core’s sterilization focus.

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Benefits of Airflow by EMS

Airflow oral cleaning has several advantages to conventional methods. 

  • can be used to clean teeth whilst undergoing orthodontic braces, dental implants or for dental prophylaxis in general dentistry
  • delivers patient comfort does not use curettes and uses just water
  • it is minimally abrasive, gentle and reliable
  • the air-water procedure allows for a more time-effective clean
  • does not generate the vibration feel that conventional teeth polishing brushes makes


Airflow Scaling Technology
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Gentle tooth cleaning with water and air

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Uses of Air-flow Dental Cleaning

Air-flow may be used in various dental treatments including:

  1. Prophylaxis : Air-flow cleans and polishes the surfaces of the teeth better with a smooth and fresh feeling
  2. Prosthetics Dentistry: Air-flow removes superficial contamination and smear layer to ensure that composites, porcelain inlays, dental crowns, dental bridges and laminate or veneers bond properly.
  3. Cosmetic Dentistry : Air flow treatment prior to teeth whitening improves results by eliminating the “bleach blocking” smear layer. Air-flow cleaning system removes teeth stains
  4. Dental Implants : Airflow helps to clean teeth prior to cementing prosthesis on implants and maintains implants sound
  5. Preventive Dentistry : air-flow may be used for cleaning teeth thoroughly to improve fluoride uptake.
  6. Orthodontics : Air-flow is used cleaning fixed bands and brackets. Air-flow can also be used for preparing the tooth surface for bonding brackets and removing bracket adhesive that is air-flow cleans prior to bonding orthodontic brackets
  7. Periodontics : Removes dental plaque and hence helps preventing periodontal diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis; Air-flow cleans and opens fissures for sealing

Before Air-Flow

Rough Surface

After Air-Flow

Clean and Smooth

Above photos are for illustrative purposes by Prof. Dr. A. Mombelli, University of Geneva, Switzerland. Taken from EMS

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