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Do you all cavitron & handscale every tooth?

Hi everyone, I wanted to ask- do you all cavitron & handscale every tooth? I use my cavitron for a long time (80% cavitron & 20%handscale) & so by the time I have to handscale time is running very short. I have one hour recall appointments & I either have to probe or take X-rays in the beginning of the appointment. I just wanted to know how you all go about cleaning everything. Thanks!



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I also use cavitron about 80% and handscale about 20%, 1 hour recalls, and need to do x-rays and perio charts as well. Every patient is different in the way the build tartar and where it is most challenging to remove it from, but I cavitron every single tooth and always handscale anterior teeth after because I feel the cavi tip is a little too big (even the slimline) to clean well between tight teeth. If there is enough time, I will handscale premolars and molars too, but many times I do not. I spend more time with the cavi in the posterior and usually feel like that is sufficient. If there was calculus visible on the xrays or if there was that one spot I had to work and work with the cavi to get clean, I will go back and handscale there. Here is a link to an article about ultrasonic instrumentation being as effective as handscaling. (PS I found this link from another Q & A on this website) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3928767/
Hop this helps

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Short answer, yes, you hand scale every tooth after using the ultrasonic. That is the protocol currently being taught in hygiene programs based on research.

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Oh awesome! Thank you!!

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