Pink Hygienist Strip—Handy for More than Just Stain Removal

After the cementation of crowns, all the visible cement is removed and floss passes smoothly, making it easy to assume that all of the cement has been cleaned up. But as a final check, when an x-ray is taken, a little piece of resin cement is found just below the proximal contact area, hidden in the subgingival area and stuck to the enamel surface. This trapped cement is hardened and difficult to reach, making it exceptionally hard to remove with an explorer or a scaler. This is not a common occurrence, but once found, this cement should be removed. Left in place, it may last for months until the next cleaning appointment or even years unbeknownst to the patient, which may cause gingival inflammation.
The Pink Hygienist Strip is a great way to remove this cement. The exceptionally thin strip is able to access even tight interproximal spaces, but it is still sturdy enough to remove resin cement or stains and plaque from enamel surfaces. With its serrated edges and perforated surfaces, the Hygienist Strip cleans out any trapped cement deposits off of enamel surfaces effectively, and because there is no diamond abrasive on this strip, it will never damage the enamel.

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Fig.1
After a crown is cemented on tooth #5, all visible cement is removed, and some cement remnants on the enamel surface are removed by using Pink Hygienist Strip.

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Fig.2
After cementation of a crown on #30 and the removal of all visible resin cement, an x-ray shows a small amount of undetected cement remaining on the enamel surface of the distal proximal contacts of teeth #29 and 30.

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Fig.3
By using the Pink Hygienist Strip, remaining resin cement on the distal proximal contact surface of tooth #29 is removed easily.

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Fig.4
A follow-up x-ray shows that all the
cement debris has been successfully removed. Also complete marginal seating has been achieved on crown #30.