Biofilm Removal With Air Polishing


Air Polishing as an Adjunctive Therapy
By Brandy Zantello, RDH, BSDH and Ewa Posorski, RDH, BS, MS


Air polishing was originally introduced in 1945 as a cavity preparation method that used highly abrasive particles. Since the 1980s, supragingival air polishing has been used to remove plaque and stain. Significant advancements in air polishing powders, device nozzles, and equipment have enabled the creation of subgingival air polishing procedures. Subgingival air polishing can serve as an alternative or adjunctive method for biofilm management in periodontal maintenance therapy.

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