Our AirFlow treatment is designed to remove simple tooth staining caused by red wine, tea, coffee and smoking.
Although this treatment is not a tooth whitening therapy, the AirFlow will significantly improve tooth brightness and give you a noticeably sparkling fresh healthy mouth in an instant.
What is Airflow polishing?
Airflow polishing is a new hygiene cleaning treatment that uses a mixture of air, jet water and sodium bicarbonate to polish and clean your teeth dramatically during your hygiene visits. The treatment is not a chemical treatment and therefore there will be no risk to the patients for any irritation or chemical burns. Airflow polishing is an advanced version of a scaling and polish treatment, but the patient will walk away the same day with amazing, clean results.
How does Airflow polishing work?
The Airflow polishing system shoots a high pressured blast of water, bicarbonate (usually lemon flavour), and air through a small nozzle onto the surfaces of the patients teeth and has been proven to be an effective tool at removing stains and plaque.
Airflow is able to get into the nooks and cranny of your teeth, giving you an overall really effective good clean, leaving you with clean, healthy teeth and gums.
Otherwise known as halitosis, bad breath plagues millions of people. While its causes are quite common and simple, so is the treatment of it. The food we eat and the bacteria in our mouths are the two main sources of bad breath.
How it works
Regular bad breath: Bacteria as the culprit
There are over 170 different types of bacteria living in your mouth. Not all of them are bad, but some of them are quite destructive. The ones that wreak the most havoc are destroyed by oxygen. Therefore, they hide out in areas that oxygen cant reach-between the teeth, under the gums, under plaque and food debris, in the biofilm and down deep in the tongue crevices.
These bacteria are the ones that create volatile sulphur compounds (VSC) and cause more routine bad breath as well as cause gingivitis (gum disease). Again, Chlorine Dioxide pastes and rinses neutralize these compounds, thereby ridding you of bad breath and creating a healthier oral environment.
Regular dental hygiene prevents bad breath
Brushing, flossing, using a tongue scraper and mouth rinse can remove the destructivebacteria, remove the protective coating of plaque and food debris and remove the food particles the bacteria feed on.
The biofilm that wraps itself around all your teeth, near and under the gums, can only be removed by your Dentist or hygienist. This biofilm is like a sticky nylon stocking that traps bacteria and its compounds and protects them from your toothbrush, floss and mouth rinse. During your hygiene visit, your Dentist or hygienist uses an ultrasonic cleaner. This can gently and comfortably disrupt this biofilm and flush it, the bad bacteria and the VSC away.
Dry Mouth Prevention
There are many conditions that contribute to dry mouth. Many medications, like high blood pressure meds, anti-anxiety, anti-depressants and chemotherapy, can cause saliva flow to decrease, sometimes dramatically. Besides being uncomfortable, decreased saliva flow puts you at greater risk for cavities, gum disease and bad breath.
Alcohol consumption, smoking, breathing through your mouth, dieting, fasting and talking for long periods of time can also contribute to bad breath. In all of these cases, frequent sips of water can help wash away the bad bacteria, dilute and remove VSC and keep your mouth moist. Reduction in saliva flow is the main cause of “morning breath”.
Many breath mints work more so because they stimulate saliva flow rather than just cover up breath odours. Tart mints, like lemon or other citrus-flavoured ones, work especially well to stimulate saliva flow. Chewing sugarless gum is a fairly good option after a meal if you cannot brush your teeth right after. Many gums and mints now contain xylitol, a sugar substitute, which has been shown to prevent tooth decay by creating an inhospitable oral pH for cavity-forming bacteria.
Bad Breath caused by Gum Disease
If you avoid odour-causing foods, frequently clean your teeth, gums and tongue, keep your mouth moist and you still have bad breath, it may be a sign of something more sinister. Gum disease (gingivitis) and periodontal disease (periodontitis) are major causes of bad breath.
Normally there is a small gum pocket around your teeth. This pocket, when healthy, measures about 1-3 mm deep. Gingivitis and periodontitis patients often have pockets deeper than 3 mm. The deeper the pocket, the greater the space where the bacteria can hide. Any pocket deeper than 3 mm is nearly impossible for you to keep clean using only your toothbrush and floss. That means the majority of bacteria living in pockets deeper than 3 mm are never disturbed or destroyed. These bacteria are the ones who create the Volatile Sulphur Compounds previously mentioned that cause bad breath and gum disease.
Other symptoms associated with periodontal disease include:
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Tender gums
- Loosening and shifting teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Pain when you chew
- Pus or discharge from the gums
It’s now known that untreated periodontal disease puts you at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and low birth weight babies. Call or email Stock Hill Dental Dental Clinic for your periodontal exam and cleaning directly to our specialist Periodontist.