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Ultrasonic Cleaning and Hygiene
Ultrasonic cleaning is important for your dental hygiene. It uses high-frequency sound waves to agitate a cleaning solution, causing it to clean and scrub surfaces right down to the microscopic level. The technology is utilized in a variety of cleaning tasks that include metal, plastic, rubber and jewellery. The human tooth is made up of calcium, which is relatively fragile. Ultrasonic cleaning may be fine for removing dirt from industrial equipment, but is it safe. The answer is yes. Ultrasonic dental cleaners are a bit different from industrial ultrasonic cleaners. They both use high-frequency sound waves but that's about the only thing they have in common. An ultrasonic dental cleaner has a knib or tip for scaling which uses ultra high frequency vibration. A stream of water from the tip acts as a cleaning solvent and doubles as a coolant for the scaling tip, which becomes hot as it vibrates. As the water streams over the scaling tip, the ultrasonic vibrations create vacuum bubbles at the microscopic level. These bubbles implode against the surface of your teeth, removing plaque and tartar as well as killing any microbes that may be present.
Ultra sonic cleaning only requires water. There are no harmful chemicals used in the process and, unlike manual tooth cleaning, it is able to remove tartar build up with the minimum risk of damage to the tooth enamel. With manual scraping, there is always the risk that a slip of the hand may result in serious dental problems. Even a small scratch in tooth enamel can become a larger problem in future. Cleaning teeth with an ultrasonic device avoids most of this risk.
Ultrasonic cleaning is also much more effective for people who have sensitive teeth because it doesn't require the same pressure as manual scraping. A manual scraper can cause pain if the patient's teeth are too sensitive. This isn't a problem with ultrasonic cleaning as the vibrations used for cleaning are barely perceptible. The process is also much faster than manual scraping so patients can spend less time undergoing cleaning.
Most dental institutions recommend ultrasonic cleaning; however, there is still some reason for caution. Ultrasonic cleaning gives us more options for our oral hygiene, however it is advised by some manufacturers that certain groups of people should avoid it
Children under the age of 12. A child's tooth is smaller than in adults and can be manually cleaned in much less time. Children are also known to be restless. A fidgety child may make the procedure unnecessarily long. And that consideration, is that the cleaner is an electrical device and if a child can't sit still, this could become a danger.
People with pacemakers. Ultrasonic cleaners use sound for cleaning, but they are still electrical. It's always possible that an unwanted static charge could interfere with the operation of an electro therapeutic apparatus.
Pregnant women. Ultrasonic waves on their own are perfectly safe for pregnant women. They are used in the ultrasound and to monitor the development of an unborn baby. Nevertheless, pregnant women can sometimes be sensitive to electrostatic fields. These could become a danger to both the mother and her child. Seek advice from your dentist before having your teeth clean, if you are an expectant mother.
For the general population ultrasonic teeth cleaning is completely safe and a better alternative than manual scraping. Doctor Josef Mamaliger and Dr. Vadim Lebovich are specialists in ultrasonic cleaning and oral hygiene and is one of the best in the business.