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PRACTITIONER SECTION
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 58-59

Tooth polishing: Relevance in present day periodontal practice


1 Department of Periodontics, Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana - 121 001, India
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Career Post Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Lucknow, UP - 226 020, India
3 Department of Periodontics, Career Post Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Lucknow, UP - 226 020, India

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Vivek K Bains
Department of Periodontics, Career Post Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Sitapur-Hardoi Bypass Road, Near IIM, Lucknow, UP - 226020
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.51899

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Time has seen the emergence of more efficient and effective devices like jet abrasives. However, the role of rubber cups with prophy angles cannot be overlooked as they are still being widely used and provide an economical alternative. Owing to several shortcomings associated with the air polishing device using sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO 3 ), trends are shifting towards the usage of low abrasive powders. Recent demonstration of Glycine Powder Air Polishing (GPAP) in removing subgingival biofilm results in less gingival erosion than hand instrumentation or NaHCO 3 air-polishing. Despite the emergence of latest advances in polishing, data suggesting selective polishing of teeth is compelling.


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