Ok, so I might love Airflow.
If you’ve had Airflow before.. You know what I mean. The clean feeling of your teeth afterwards.
.. and the joy of getting your teeth dentally cleaned – but not feeling the usual sharp sensitivity.
From a Dentists perspective, Airflow is one of the “jewels” of the practice because it helps many of our lovely patients get much better oral health, simply because they don’t put off the hygiene visit as much.
If you’re new to Airflow, or you’d like to know more, here’s a guide from a Dentist’s point of view!
In this article, I cover:
Airflow (not to be confused with a gust of wind on a breezy day), is a cutting-edge dental hygiene treatment.
It’s pioneered by a Swiss company called EMS and has totally transformed the way modern Hygiene is done in dental practices.
Airflow is a revolutionary technique uses a mixture of air, warm water, and fine powder particles which all act together to dislodge plaque, calculus and staining from your teeth.
Before, Dental Hygienists would do what’s called “Scaling” – which is where the term “Scale and Polish” comes from. A combination of manual and ultrasonic scalers would scrape the plaque away.
A big drawback of this from a clinical standpoint was that it’s imprecise. You can visually see calculus build up, but you can’t see the bacteria formations called Biofilm. These envelope the tooth and gums and are naked to the eye. Eventually, they turn into plaque and calculus.
But we really want to remove it before the Biofilm progresses.
Airllow is a lot more precise. It’s jet of fine particles and warm water allow Hygienists to cover more surface area – and at the same time more precisely target problem areas.
That’s why hygienists absolutely love Airflow. It gets a better clinical outcome.
Ask your hygienist next time you visit and watch their eyes glow with enthusiasm!
Considering Airflow? Here’s an overview of the benefits as a patient.
Efficient Stain Removal: Airflow is exceptional at removing surface stains on your teeth. These could be caused by various factors such as smoking, coffee, tea, or red wine. The cleaning process brightens your smile, giving you a more confident and vibrant appearance.
Removal of Plaque and Tartar: The powerful combination of air, water, and fine powder in Airflow can remove plaque and tartar buildup efficiently, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.
More Gentle on Teeth and Gums: Unlike traditional scaling, which can sometimes be uncomfortable or cause sensitivity, Airflow is a gentler process. It doesn’t involve any scraping or scratching, making it a comfortable experience for most patients.
Reaches Difficult Areas: Airflow can effectively clean areas that are often hard to reach with traditional methods, such as the spaces between your teeth and the pockets below the gum line. This thorough cleaning can help prevent potential dental health issues.
Safer for Implants, Veneers, and Crowns: Airflow is a non-abrasive procedure, meaning it’s safe to use on dental work such as implants, veneers, and crowns. It can clean these areas without causing damage.
Contributes to Overall Oral Health: Regular Airflow treatments contribute to your overall oral health by preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues
It’s important to remember that individual needs can vary.
On average, I typically suggest patients to undergo Airflow teeth cleaning every six months.
Some patients require more frequent cleaning. For those with particular oral health conditions or those who are more prone to plaque buildup and staining, more frequent Airflow treatments are advised. In some cases, a burst of 1-2 sessions initially and then every three months may be advised.
It can be event based too. If you have an event coming up like a wedding, business event, a holiday even, Airflow as a treatment is a great way to brighten your smile without needing Teeth Whitening treatment.
If you notice symptoms such as bleeding or inflamed gums, it’s essential to consult a dentist as soon as possible. These symptoms could indicate gum disease, and you may benefit from more frequent Airflow treatments or more advanced Periodontal treatment as part of your treatment plan.
Ok so the low down on Airflow for teeth cleaning.
Airflow really is a giant leap in dental hygiene as a clinical field. Its ability to precisely target problem areas, swiftly remove plaque, and handle staining without the discomfort of traditional scaling methods has transformed the patient experience.
Most of us benefit from an Airflow session every six months, though individual circumstances vary. Whether you’re at higher risk of plaque build-up, or you have an upcoming event and want to look your best, your dentist and hygienist can offer personalised advice tailored to your needs.
Dr Kaly Gengeswaran
BSc (Hons), BDS Lon, PG Dip (Sed)