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Learning to use the Lyre-Jet Ū

Once careful scaling as described above has been completed, patients can be made aware of what interproximal spaces are and trained to have perfect dental hygiene using the Lyre-JetŪ system. The use of pictures and active participation will help hold the patient's attention.

Point 1 : A toothbrush cannot clean between the teeth

Explanation : "Your teeth are like your fingers. Your toothbrush cleans the inside, the outside and the surface but not between the teeth. This is where most of the dental plaque responsible for 80% of decay, tartar and gum problems is found. Not cleaning between your teeth is the same as never washing between your fingers when you wash your hands".

Movements : Patients hold one hand with the fingers first closed, then open

Point 2 : Representing an interproximal space

Explanation : "Hold your fingers like this (A) and then like that (B). Your fingers represent an interproximal space with two teeth touching one another, the interproximal space and the gum between the teeth."

Movements : Get patients to hold their fingers in this position A B

Point 3 : Using dental floss

Explanation : "To get the dental floss past the point of contact, work the floss using a horizontal movement as though you were sawing wood. Then scrape each tooth twice vertically, moving from the gum to point of contact. Remove the dental floss using the same horizontal movement as before."

Movements : The dentist moves a piece of dental floss between the patient's fingers

Point 4 : The Lyre-JetŪ system in the mouth

Explanation : "The Lyre-JetŪ fork should be held in both hands as near as possible to the floss, never by the handle. Insert the floss horizontally and then move it vertically. The Lyre-JetŪ floss breaks down the plaque while the two jets rinse. In less than one minute all the plaque in the interproximal spaces of the mouth is eliminated."

Movements : Show the patient how to fit the floss into the fork, then give the patient a mirror. Show in the mouth how the floss passes between teeth, stressing how easily it goes between any teeth, even where they overlap. Patients get the hang of using the Lyre-JetŪ once they have used it a few times. It's like learning to ride a bike or use a computer - the more you do it, the easier it gets."

Point 5 : Connecting the system to the pump and switching on.

Explanation : "The button on the fork is used to cut the water-jets while the pump is working. To avoid squirting water everywhere, press the water OFF button before switching on. Keep your finger on the button until the fork is in your mouth. Lean over the wash-basin and use the Lyre-JetŪ with your mouth open so that the water-flow is continuous. Let the jets keep working while you work the floss between your teeth. You don't need to think about rinsing as this happens automatically. The whole operation is very quick and effective."

Movements : Connect the head to the handle. Fill the tank with water. Holding the Lyre-JetŪ head in the wash-basin, switch on the system and demonstrate how the two jets work and the use of the water OFF button on the handle. (Ideally the dentist should have a Lyre-JetŪ system installed next to the wash-basin).
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