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Public Health

Transducers are placed in the bottom of the Ultrasonic tank to produce sound waves in a cleaning solution. These high frequency sound waves cause millions of microscopic bubbles to form. As the bubbles burst, they release large amounts of stored energy. This transfer of energy is capable of removing contaminants from the surface of the instruments.

The first step in the autoclave process is totally removing all of the air in the autoclave chamber. The chamber is sealed, and all of the air is removed through a vacuum pump. Once the air has been removed, the instruments are sterilized by heat. The sterilization cycle typically last from 15 to 20 minutes, and the heat level is usually set between 250 and 273 degrees Fahrenheit. The intense heat kills bacteria, viruses and other organisms.

Hypodontia is a condition where a patient has a missing tooth or teeth as a result of those teeth failing to develop. Hypodontia describes a situation where the patient is missing up to five permanent teeth, excluding the 3rd molars and wisdom teeth.

Hyperdontia is an oral condition characterized by having an extra tooth or teeth. Supernumerary teeth can occur in any part of the dental arch, but the most common supernumerary teeth are permanent, anterior incisors, in the upper arch.

Cleft palates are facial malformations that occur very early in pregnancy. Develops when there is not enough tissue in the mouth or lip area, and the tissue that is available does not join together properly. Patients with cleft palates often have dental problems. These problems can include small teeth, missing teeth, extra teeth, or crooked teeth. Patients with a cleft might need to go to the orthodontist for braces, to make sure their teeth grow in straight.

A Cavitron is a tool that uses ultrasonic waves, to vibrate plaque, bacteria, and tartar off teeth. The Cavitron removes build up above and below the gumline.

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums. Periodontal...

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