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Air polishing combined with traditional polishing?

What are the recommendations on using both the prophy jet and traditional polishing? I recently started at an office where the hygienists do both on every single patient, and I feel it is a waste of time.

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Generally speaking, I believe doing both is excessive. I reached out to one of the Today’s RDH writers who has written on air polishing, Erika Spring, and she said, “I do believe using both every single time is actually excessive polishing and removing more of the fluoride rich layer of enamel. I personally think one or the other should be sufficient. I do think in a case where there is heavy heavy plaque, and air polishing would be indicated, it is possible that selective polishing could be used after scaling. Or in extreme cases of heavy stain such as pipe and tobacco or beetle nut I have used both but not as a routine procedure.”

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