Dental hygiene programs in the U.S. universally embrace teaching ultrasonic instrumentation, and encourage ultrasonic use on all patient profiles. The majority of programs recognize the need for a preprocedural mouth rinse, and the use of high volume evacuation to reduce the bacteria laden aerosol produced. ( JDH, April 2016,Vol. 90, (2), p. 141)
High volume evacuation has always been the standard of care- even before Covid-19. It has been very difficult to implement, because most hygienists don't have an assistant to suction for them, and it is very challenging to do by themselves. We need to get back to what we know is right! HVE is a must when using the ultrasonic. There are many devices on the market to help dental offices, and we will be doing some comparisons on them in future blogs. We believe the Dental Flex Arm is one of the best devices on the market for it's affordability, ease of use, and patient comfort! It gets the job done.