To keep your gums healthy, one of the most important things you can do is schedule regular professional dental cleanings. Traditionally, teeth cleaning removes plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline via careful scraping with handheld instruments or ultrasonic tools.
While this process is vital to your long-term oral health, it can also be uncomfortable and time-consuming. But with the revolutionary AIRFLOW therapy method of cleaning, you can reduce the amount of time you spend in the dentist’s chair – and enjoy healthier gums all year round.
Biofilm and Its Connection to Gum Disease
Your mouth contains naturally occurring bacteria which colonizes on your teeth and gum tissue in a substance known as biofilm. By brushing and flossing, you can curtail biofilm growth. However, poor oral hygiene can lead to biofilm buildup, also known as plaque, which contributes to cavities, gum disease, and other oral health concerns. Professional cleanings are an effective method of removing biofilm – and AIRFLOW therapy provides the most efficient biofilm management available.
AIRFLOW Therapy: The Best Choice for Removing Biofilm
AIRFLOW is an advanced air polishing treatment that uses a combination of air, water, and specially formulated powders to disperse and eliminate biofilm. Using a small handheld device, your dentist or periodontist will administer a controlled, pressurized stream of fluid to your teeth and gums. As the mixture is applied, it removes surface stains, plaque, tartar, and bacterial or food deposits stuck in, around, and between the teeth. It can also be sprayed beneath the gumline to eradicate disease-causing bacteria without harming the gingival tissue.
The Benefits of AIRFLOW Therapy
There are many advantages to AIRFLOW therapy over traditional methods of periodontal cleaning, including:
AIRFLOW is fast
On average, professional cleaning using traditional instrumentation takes between 30 and 60 seconds per tooth. With AIRFLOW, that time is reduced to 5 seconds. It can also help speed up other periodontal procedures. For example, when AIRFLOW is used prior to a scaling treatment, the entire procedure is completed an average of 8 to 12 minutes faster than without it. That means less time in the dentist’s chair for you.
AIRFLOW is comfortable
Older air polishing treatments have had a reputation for being messy, uncomfortable, and sometimes painful. But patients report AIRFLOW therapy is a far more pleasant experience. A soft, warm stream of water gently hits your gums and tooth surfaces, providing maximum effectiveness with minimal discomfort.
AIRFLOW is versatile
It can often be difficult to efficiently clean hard-to-reach spots or delicate areas of the mouth. AIRFLOW, however, is safe and effective on virtually any oral surface. In addition to tooth enamel and gum tissue, AIRFLOW can be used on orthodontia, implants, and restorations.
AIRFLOW promotes periodontal health
The powders used in AIRFLOW treatments not only remove stains and biofilm, but they’re also specially formulated to inhibit bacterial growth in the future. Erythritol powder used in AIRFLOW therapy is minimally abrasive, meaning it is significantly less harmful to gum tissue than coarser powders such as sodium bicarbonate. In addition, erythritol inactivates bacteria to stop it from reproducing, which helps prevent the formation of gum disease, such as gingivitis or periodontitis.
San Diego Periodontics & Implant Dentistry Offers Airflow Therapy
At San Diego Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we’re passionate about using the best care periodontal science has to offer. That’s why we provide cutting-edge AIRFLOW therapy as part of our comprehensive treatment services. Whether you’re struggling with active gum disease or you’re ready to establish a periodontal maintenance plan, Dr. Kwok can help get you on the road to good – and lasting – oral health.
To schedule an appointment, call our office at (619) 543-0905.