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by Dani Botbyl, RDH
Dani Botbyl, RDH, is a leading
authority in ultrasonic education
who for the past 17 years has
served as the national clinical
educator with Dentsply Sirona
Canada. Botbyl has developed
and presented evidence-based
educational programs specific
to ultrasonics to dental hygiene
students, pre- and postdoctoral
dental students, faculty and practicing clinicians nationally
and internationally. She has published numerous articles in
industry and peer-reviewed journals. Her current research
interests include the educational preparedness of dental
hygienists for ultrasonic instrumentation.

Improving the removal and disruption
of biofilm using ultrasonic instruments
Course description
This course details how ultrasonic scaling technology can be used for more than the
removal of moderate to heavy calculus, and discusses how to implement contemporary
ultrasonic practices to remove light calculus and to remove and disrupt biofilm.

Abstract
Today, ultrasonic instrumentation goes far beyond the removal of calculus; when used
as part of modern debridement strategies, it can lead to better resolution or reduction of oral
inflammation. Despite the benefits of ultrasonic instrumentation, clinicians continue to rely
on the technology to remove calculus and are much less focused on using ultrasonics to remove
and disrupt biofilm. Research shows that dental hygienists are not maximizing ultrasonic
instrumentation in their practices, which limits their ability to help their patients improve
their oral and overall health. This article will focus on best practice standards that will help
clinicians improve the access or removal of biofilm and light calculus; the preservation of
root structure; speed of treatment; and the wear rate of ultrasonic inserts and tips.



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