Manual Cleaning vs Sonic Machine 
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 Manual Cleaning vs Sonic Machine

Which is better a manual cleaning with manual instruments or a cleaning
with a sonic machine?


Thu, 01 Aug 2013 04:12:30 GMT
 Manual Cleaning vs Sonic Machine

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> Which is better a manual cleaning with manual instruments or a cleaning
> with a sonic machine?

Gross Generalization Alert:

If you have good brushing technique, you'll do a good job with either.
Poor brushing technique will tend to give an edge to a sonic or other
non-manual brush.
Neither is a substitute for flossing.

Steve



Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:10:16 GMT
 Manual Cleaning vs Sonic Machine

Quote:


>> Which is better a manual cleaning with manual instruments or a cleaning
>> with a sonic machine?

> Gross Generalization Alert:

> If you have good brushing technique, you'll do a good job with either. Poor
> brushing technique will tend to give an edge to a sonic or other non-manual
> brush.
> Neither is a substitute for flossing.

> Steve

I'm sorry, I didn't make myself clear. I meant a cleaning at the dentist.


Fri, 02 Aug 2013 06:29:22 GMT
 Manual Cleaning vs Sonic Machine

Quote:



>>> Which is better a manual cleaning with manual instruments or a cleaning
>>> with a sonic machine?

>> Gross Generalization Alert:

>> If you have good brushing technique, you'll do a good job with either.
>> Poor brushing technique will tend to give an edge to a sonic or other
>> non-manual brush.
>> Neither is a substitute for flossing.

>> Steve

> I'm sorry, I didn't make myself clear. I meant a cleaning at the dentist.

        Thanks for the clarification.
        Though there ARE sonic scalers (they run on an air line, like a dental
handpiece), you are probably thinking of ultrasonic cleaners.  They
generate heat, and so are used with a water spray as a coolant.
        Most periodontists will say that you get a finer tactile sense of small
calculus deposits with a hand scaler.  There is certainly some truth to
this.  However, if a very thin periodontal tip is used on the ultrasonic
scaler, it does a pretty darned good job of getting almost everything off.
        The big advantage of the ultrasonic, especially in a patient with a lot
of calculus, is speed and ease.  Hand scaling someone with a lot of
calculus is time-consuming and (for me at any rate) hand-fatiguing.
        I use an ultrasonic except for the patients with only mild calculus.  I
follow up with a hand scaler--mostly just to feel the root surface for
any small deposits I may have missed.  There usually isn't much.
        Neither hand scalers nor ultrasonics are too good at removing stain.
That's what polishing with prophy paste is for.

Steve  



Fri, 02 Aug 2013 08:00:50 GMT
 
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