Automated Plaque Removal Systems & Patient Education
By: Sharon Zastrow, RDH
While many contemporary developments in dental technologies have been focused on improving the patients’ chair side experience, automated plaque removal systems represent a significant advancement within the oral health armamentarium. Power toothbrushes, ranging from battery operated to re-chargeable units, power irrigators and power flossers have all revolutionized the way patients are able to maintain proper oral health between dental visits. Because there are a multitude of products available over the counter to facilitate improved oral health care, clinicians must ensure that patients are thoroughly educated on the benefits associated with such automated oral health products, how to select an appropriate system and how to apply that system into their daily regimen for optimum oral health.