No. The Airflow unit directs a fine spray of water and powder onto the surface of the teeth. The unit even pre-warms the water to reduce sensitivity. Even people who generally find dental cleaning very sensitive or require numbing prior to cleaning find that they can have their teeth cleaned comfortably using this method.
This is one of the major benefits of Airflow. The cleaning action removes the sticky sheet of bacteria, known as “biofilm”, that sits around teeth and gums. This biofilm develops when dental plaque is colonised by bacteria and is the main cause of gum disease.
Breaking down this biofilm has been shown to be a crucial aspect in treating gum disease and keeping gums and teeth healthy. Where there are deep pockets around the teeth as a result of gum disease, the special Perioflow nozzle is able to flex and adapt to clean even awkward spaces under the gum line.
Yes! The powder used with Airflow is so gentle that, unlike regular scalers, it is safe to use with dental implants with no risk of scratching or scuffing. It is a great way of keeping implants, and the gums supporting them, clean and healthy