Why do we polish? Part one.

Thomas D. Larson

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What does polishing oral hard tissues and restorations accomplish? The two parts of this review will describe the effect of polishing on various restorative materials and teeth; the development of biofilm and adherence of plaque to teeth and restorations; the effects of unpolished versus polished surfaces on gingival health and longevity of restoration; and techniques for polishing various restorative materials. A listing of available polishing materials is included in Part Two, which will appear in the July-August Northwest Dentistry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalNorthwest dentistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2011


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