Dental air polishing unit is an alternate method for rubber cup polishing, which is used for removing stains from the surface of the teeth. Dental air polishers clean teeth by spraying air polishing powder’s slurry such as sodium bicarbonate, glycine, calcium sodium phosphosilicate, and calcium carbonate. According to the patient’s dental needs, different powders are used such as glycine powder is used for patient with sensitive teeth.
The dental air polishers are used for reducing biofilm, plaque, and stains on teeth. The important advantage of dental air polishing unit over rubber cup polishing is that it reduces operator’s fatigue while cleaning. Clinicians when using air polisher, without application of pressure, can clean the teeth in deep cavities and grooves of the teeth, which is not obtained by using rubber cup polishing.
Global Dental Air Polishing Unit Market - Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Pandemic
The COVID – 19 pandemic is expected to decrease growth of the global dental air polishing unit market over the forecast period. According to the new regulations imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on August 28, 2020, patients who require urgent dental procedure will be allowed for the treatment in dental clinics. These patients will first be counselled through teledentistry, followed by testing for COVID – 19. Moreover, CDC has also updated the rules and regulations required for dental clinic setup during the COVID – 19 pandemic, where ventilation, social distancing, and sterilization of equipment as well as the clinic are some of the important points highlighted, in order to prevent the dentist as well as the patients from getting infected with coronavirus infection.
Figure 1: Global Dental Air Polishing Unit Market Share (%) Analysis, By Product Type, 2020
Increasing prevalence of dental problems is expected to drive growth of the global dental air polishing unit market over the forecast period
Rising dental problems among the populati on is expected to drive growth of the dental air polishing unit market over the forecast period. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2020, it is estimated that in 2019, 2.3 billion people were suffering from caries of permanent teeth and more than 530 million children suffered from caries of primary teeth, globally. According to the same source, dental caries occur due to the formation of plaque on the surface of the teeth. Plaque has the capacity to convert free sugars, either artificial or natural, consumed by the person into acids, which destroys the teeth over time. Other reasons such as unhealthy diet, tobacco use, excess alcohol consumption, and poor oral hygiene leads to various dental issues such as cavities, gum disease (gingivitis), periodontitis, sensitive teeth, and others. For instance, according to World Health Organization, 2020, approximately 8 million people die every year due to consumption of tobacco. According to CDC, in 2019, in the U.S., approximately 34.2 million people were smoking cigarettes. Therefore, increasing number of smokers, tobacco consumers etc. are expected to boost the global dental air polishing unit market growth over the forecast period.
Increasing product launches by key players is expected to drive the global dental air polishing unit market growth over the forecast period
Market players are focused on adoption of organic growth strategies such as product launch to strengthen their position in the dental air polishing unit market over the forecast period. For instance, in August 2019, KaVo Kerr launched a fully upgraded version of PROPHYflex 4 portable dental air polishing device for stain removal, bacterial plaque removal, and enamel cleaning, which can be used for supra and sub gingival areas.
Global Dental Air Polishing Unit Market – Restraints
Lack of awareness and knowledge about the benefits of government health policies among the population is expected to restrain the global dental air polishing market growth over the forecast period. For instance, according to National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research, and National Institute of Health (NIH), 2019, approximately 50% of the children within the age group 3 – 17 years with Medicaid policy had dental appointment in the previous year. Furthermore, 31.3% people having Medicaid services were unaware of their dental benefits and 37.7 % of the people were having false knowledge about the benefits of Medicaid.
According to the same source, only 38% of the dentists accepted Medicaid policy, while the rest of the professionals were reluctant to accept, as the Medicare pays half the amount as compared to the private insurance.
|Base Year:||2019||Market Size in 2020:||US$ 519.7 Mn|
|Historical Data for:||2017 to 2019||Forecast Period:||2020 to 2027|
|Forecast Period 2020 to 2027 CAGR:||4.4 %||2027 Value Projection:||US$ 700.5 Mn|
KaVo Dental GmbH, Deldent, NSK Ltd., W&H Ltd., Dentsply Sirona, EMS Dental, Hu-Friedy, ACTEON Group, Mectron s.p.a., LM-Dental, TPC Advanced Technology, Inc., MICRON Technology Inc., and MK-dent GmbH
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Global Dental Air Polishing Unit Market – Regional Analysis
On the basis of region, the global dental air polishing unit market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.
North America is expected to hold a dominant position in the global dental air polishing unit market over the forecast period, owing to the unhealthy lifestyle adopted by the U.S. population. For instance, according to the CDC, 2018 and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2017, in the U.S., on an average, around 84.8 million adults consume fast food or junk food on a daily basis. Fast food has high amount of calories, sugar, fats, and salt, which when consumed in large amount leads to oral diseases, type II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity. Thus, increased consumption of sugar may lead to increased incidence of oral disorders, which is expected to spur the dental air polishing unit market growth.
Asia Pacific region is an emerging dental air polishing unit market over the forecast period, owing to increasing prevalence of oral problems among the population in this region. For instance, according to National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2019, Asia Pacific accounts for 60% of the world population. Therefore, there is large amount of oral health problem cases being reported in this region as compared to the entire world.
Furthermore, according to the Indian Dental Association (IDA), 2019, in India, 9 out of 10 adults are suffering from major oral health problems and more than 76% of adults are having cavities or are developing cavities. According to the same source, out of the total number of adults who brush daily once, 95% of them have oral problems and 83% have cavities or are at a risk of developing them. Moreover, according to the study conducted by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2020, it has been observed that an average of 20.2 teeth are decayed, lost or were filled till the person reaches the age above 50 years.
Figure 2: Global Dental Air Polishing Unit Market Value (US$ Mn) & Y-o-Y Growth (%), 2019 - 2027
Major players operating in the global dental air polishing unit market include KaVo Dental GmbH, Deldent, NSK Ltd., W&H Ltd., Dentsply Sirona, EMS Dental, Hu-Friedy, ACTEON Group, Mectron s.p.a., LM-Dental, TPC Advanced Technology, Inc., MICRON Technology Inc., and MK-dent GmbH.
Air polishing procedure is performed by dentists for effective removal of unwanted stains on the surface of the teeth. Improper brushing and cleaning of teeth, formation of plaque, biofilm, smoking, tobacco consumption or some diseases such as diabetes leads to the stains. The procedure is carried out by spraying a fine jet of compressed air and water mixed with air polishing powder, which completely removes the stains, plaque, and biofilm formed on the surface of the teeth. Before initiating the treatment, desensitizing cream is usually applied on the surface in order to reduce the pain caused by the abrasive air polisher. The type of air polishing technique, type of air polishing powder, and the procedure is completely dependent upon the patient’s needs. Therefore, expertise is required for carrying out the procedure.
Increasing product launches by market players is a major factor that is expected to drive growth of the global dental air polishing unit market over the forecast period. For instance, in 2019, Waldent launched dental air polisher prophy unit, which releases pressurized jet of air, water, and sodium hydrogen carbonate powder to remove the surface stains, plaque, and other soft deposits such as food particles trapped in between the teeth and in dental cavities.
Market players are engaged in adopting inorganic growth strategies such as acquisitions and collaborations in order to enhance their product portfolio and strengthen their position in the market, which is expected to propel growth of the market. For instance, in 2018, Hu-Friedy, in collaboration with Electro Medical Systems (EMS), launched AIRFLOW Plus powder, which can be used with the AIRFLOW Therapy system, an air polishing unit manufactured by Hu-Friedy. The AIRFLOW Plus powder is made from erythritol and can remove the layer of biofilm and eliminate light to moderate stains.
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