Air Flow Therapy

SLDG is excited to announce that it has given its hygienists new techniques for managing gingivitis and periodontal disease, as well as better maintenance of its patients who have invested in implant restorations!

Air Flow therapy is a technique that incorporates fine particles of glycine powder propelled by compressed air and water. When directed at the tooth surface it is effective at quickly, efficiently, and painlessly removing biofilm off of stained root surfaces, dental restorations, and enamel. Biofilm, most commonly known as dental plaque, is a mass of bacteria that grows on surfaces within the mouth and if not removed may cause decay, malodor, gingivitis and periodontal disease. Once your hygienist has removed this biofilm, scaling with instruments is still essential to re-establish your periodontal health. Air Flow therapy simply allows your hygienist to more effectively arrive at the point where all pathogens have been removed.

Data and studies are showing us that this technique has benefits for above and below the gum level. This technique captures my attention while I was searching for better ways to help manage my patients’ implant health. Implants are not teeth and they need to be treated differently as you monitor their gingival health. According to studies, Air Flow biofilm removal is proved to be a great technique for cleaning very porous and bioactive implant surfaces. As you receive your next cleaning with SLDG you may notice that your hygienist uses this technique to polish your teeth. You will say ” WOW! that was faster, better, and more effective than ever, without any pain!”

Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI