Answers to patients’ questions about biofilm removal technology
by Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH
Have you ever wondered who’s writing all the "scripts" for the questions patients ask, since the questions tend to be so similar? When I recently introduced the new AirFloss technology to patients, I quickly saw a familiar pattern emerging – almost everyone was asking the same questions about this innovative technology, designed to fill the gap for patients that find dental floss unrealistic. (Figure 1) You should try this new technology for yourself, but the following Q & A can help you respond to patients’ common questions in a concise manner.What exactly is it, and how does it work? AirFloss is a new device developed by Philips Sonicare to remove plaque biofilm from between the teeth. It uses a rapid burst of air and water droplets to disrupt
Dental professionals introducing this new technology may wish to visit the Philips website at www.sonicare.com/DP to learn more. Given the oral-systemic implications of disease in the mouth, assisting patients in realistic daily plaque control should be one of our highest priorities.
Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH, is the founder of Cutting Edge Concepts® and a trainer with the JP Institute of San Diego, Calif. She is an international speaker and practices dental hygiene in Dallas, Tex. Karen received her bachelor of science in dental hygiene from Midwestern State University and an RDH Mastership Program certification from the JP Institute. She is an independent consultant to the Philips Corporation and can be reached at [email protected].
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