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Inside Dental Hygiene
August 2022


Inside Dental Hygiene (IDH): What have been the most important developments in prophylaxis?

Judy Bendit, RDH, BS: Cordless handpieces. The ergonomic benefits and versatility are so significant. Beyond that, so many different features are available, and hygienists need to try different options to determine what is best for their needs.

IDH: How about developments in prophy angles?

Bendit: There are different options for brushes and rubber cups. Some do not require prophy paste. Some claim to not splatter. Try a few, see how they feel in your hands, and then balance that with price, reliability, warranty, etc.

IDH: What about pastes?

Bendit: Selective polishing was the standard for some time because the coarseness of paste can damage the tooth surface and the root. Now, however, the theory is that there is an appropriate paste for every tooth. There are fine prophy pastes that will deliver some fluoride  without damaging the tooth. There are also more abrasive ones for patients who drink a lot of coffee or tea, or smoke cigarettes. Some pastes include ingredients such as amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) or NovaMin® (calcium sodium phosphosilicate) to provide additional protection. We also have other instruments at our disposal, such as air polishers, so I do not recommend using the very coarse pastes for any patient. It is important to remember contraindications for polishing, including hypersensitivity, exposed root surfaces, and respiratory conditions. COVID-19 is yet another consideration; we need to be very careful about aerosols when polishing.

IDH: How important is it to make informed decisions?

Bendit: It is extremely important to choose your prophy products yourself rather than have someone else pick for you. Ensure that you are using the product that will work best for your patient population.


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