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Polishing before an adult prophy

Has anyone ever heard of any negative reasons for polishing prior to an adult prophy? Dr was arguing with me saying its bad but then couldn’t give me any risks.



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I have always polished first. My patients are used to it. It removes plaque and food debris so you don’t have to swim through it and removes light stain. The only time I don’t polish first is when the patient has moderate to severe gingivitis in which case I use the ultrasonic first since the tissues can be very friable.
Other than that, I can’t think of why it could be harmful, it has just always been done a certain way, but that doesn’t mean it is automatically the right way.

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