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Ultrasonic rep said only to use ultrasonic, don’t handscale

We had the sales rep come in to go over the maintenance for the new touch cavitron. He said that they are training the new hygienist to avoid scaling & just cavitron as it takes enamel away. Is this something new? I was trained to cavitron the whole mouth then explore with the instrument and scale where necessary.

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I haven’t seen enough valid research to support “just using an ultrasonic.” Until you see valid research, and a lot of it at that, I would keep doing what you are doing! I reached out to a few hygiene educators I know, who are very up to date on their research, and they teach to handscale after ultrasonic use. Not that I want to put down or undermine what dental reps say, but its best to leave how we treat patients up to professionals who are licensed based on a lot of valid research!

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