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Cleaning: If it is only going to be used on yourself than using hydrogen peroxide, alcohol or other sterilizers will be fine. If being used on others there are set parameters for sterilization. Follow them, but if you are a professional than you should be following osha standards anyway, correct. If you are not, than i wouldn't use a sickle, they are sharp and know to knock off papillae and gum tissue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ultrasonic scalers: Most of my patients find ultrasonic scaling slightly uncomfortable and then only for some of their teeth. Some patients use nitrous oxide\oxygen analgesia (sweet air) and with it are quite comfortable. A few request or require local anesthesia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Just do it. : Although ultrasonic scalers work really well when used properly they are not necessary to do a good cleaning. If your teeth or hearing is too sensitive to this type of scaler there is no reason your hygienist can't accommodate your request to do it by hand. ...Read more
Combo is the best: Your concern is not uncommon. Hand scaling instruments produce smoother root surfaces compared to ultrasonic scaling, but they don't reduce inflammation, a primary goal of periodontal cleaning and prophylaxis. According to evidence-based dentistry the combined use of ultrasonic scalers and hand instruments will give you the best results. Of course you can always request the manual scaling only ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it ok to use a scaler bought at drug store to clean stains off my front teeth? Does it matter how often? Doesn't damage teeth over time, does it?
Stains: Scalers are designed to remove calculus deposits from root surfaces and interproximal areas between your teeth. Surface stains are usually removed with polishing paste. Overuse of any product can have side effects. Remember, use of this instrument is not a substitute for regular dental checkups and cleanings. ...Read more
Dental Supply House: But you will need a dental license to set up an account. Even if you can find one used from another source, you'll need to hook up a water supply. It would be cheaper, in the long run, to have your dentist/hygienist clean your teeth twice a year. ...Read more
Great: I'm not sure what the new ultrasonic scaler is but all of them that have been around awhile are quite useful instruments. A good cleaning is usually done with both the ultrasonic devise and then some refining, with hand instruments. ...Read more
I have drank a liquid de scaler from the kettle by mistake. It was liquid overnight. It's now been 2 hours ago. Should I be worried?
Call Poison Control!: It depends on what was in the product you used. Please see http://www.npis.org/ and look on the left for the poison control hotline for your country in the UK (europe) or do a google search for the country you are in. (United Kingdom countries cover a lot of ground and I don't know if this computer program lists Bermuda and other British colonies/territories as "United Kingdom." Call now! ...Read more