What is Airflow in the context of dentistry?

What are tooth stains?


Teeth are often exposed to a variety of factors that are capable of causing stains or tooth discolouration, and different types of tooth stains exist. Extrinsic stains come from external factors (such as foods or drinks) which creates a patch of discolouration on the surface of the tooth. Intrinsic stains on the other hand are discolourations arising from staining materials accumulating in the enamel layer of the tooth. Whilst they are more difficult to remove, it is possible. Age-associated teeth stains are a result of the combination of intrinsic and extrinsic stains. As the colour of the dentin is yellow, the age-related time dependent progressive degradation of the enamel exposes this yellow colour.

What causes tooth stains?

Staining can have a variety of underlying reasons. Some foods stain the teeth in the long run. Coffee, tea, dark soft drinks, red wine and even some vegetables and fruits are notoriously capable of tooth staining. However, some people are simply genetically predisposed to tooth staining, as the degree of transparency of the enamel varies from individual to individual.  Tobacco use, regardless of whether it is smoked or chewed, causes tooth staining. Poor oral hygiene is also one of the main causes of stained teeth. Discolouration of the teeth can also be caused by infectious or developmental diseases suffered prenatally or at a young age, before the enamel had reached its fully developed stage. Certain medications, such as antibiotics, antipsychotics, antihistamines or chemotherapy drugs can also be responsible for tooth discolouration. Mouthwashes and toothpastes containing high levels of fluoride are also capable of staining the teeth.

What is Airflow?

Airflow is a technique used in dental hygiene for the removal of stains by polishing the patient’s teeth. It is capable of removing plaques that have formed through extrinsic staining. The process uses a mixture of air, fine powder particles and water to remove the plaques and stains from patients’ teeth. It is a simple, safe, and time efficient treatment. Airflow is not a teeth whitening treatment in itself, but it is crucial for the removal of any stains and plaques prior to starting any teeth whitening treatment.

How does a treatment with Airflow work?

Airflow treatments are very quick, and can sometimes even be done over the course of 15 to 20 minutes. Airflow is an incredibly useful technique given the short time it takes to be performed and the dramatic results it can bring. In case you would like your teeth to be more white, just book an appointment to get Airflow in Glasgow. Our dentistry, Dental FX, will use Airflow to improve your smile by giving it the cleanliness it deserves.

When you book an appointment for Airflow in Glasgow our specialist will determine whether Airflow is the appropriate treatment for you, or if you require tooth whitening procedures. While Airflow is efficient at removing plaques and surface discolourations, stains that result from staining materials accumulating in the dentin below the enamel might require further teeth whitening techniques, and this is something that should be kept in mind. So if you are looking to get Airflow in Glasgow, come and see us today!