Airflow is a dental hygiene procedure that involves the use of a specialised device to remove stains from the teeth and gum line using a combination of water, compressed air, and a mild abrasive powder. This procedure is often performed as part of a professional dental cleaning and is designed to improve the appearance and health of your teeth and gums. Here's what you need to know about airflow:


  • Device: The airflow device combines a focused stream of water, compressed air, and a fine powder (typically sodium bicarbonate or glycine) to create a controlled jet of abrasive particles.
  • Stain Removal: The abrasive particles help to remove surface stains from the teeth caused by factors like coffee, tea, tobacco, and certain foods.
  • Plaque and Tartar Removal: Prior to using the airflow device, a typical dental clean using the ultrasonic scaler will be carried out to remove any tartar buildup from the teeth and gum line.

Benefits of Airflow:

  • Efficiency: Airflow can efficiently remove surface stains and soft deposits, enhancing the overall appearance of your teeth.
  • Comfort: The procedure is generally well-tolerated and comfortable.
  • No Heat or Vibration: Airflow doesn't generate heat or vibration, making it a comfortable option for patients with sensitivity or discomfort during dental cleanings.
  • Quick Procedure: Airflow is usually a relatively quick procedure, allowing for efficient stain and deposit removal.


  • Airflow is suitable for most individuals, however, its effectiveness may vary based on the type and extent of staining or tartar buildup.

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