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Posted 10/24/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 35
Improve Dental Patient Care And Your Bottom Line
Over the years I have emphasized the importance of using sharp scalers and curettes. With sharp instruments you scale and root plane better, you work faster, you are more efficient, and your procedure is more comfortable for you and dental patient care improves. I’ve talked indirectly...Read More
Posted 6/7/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 69
Dental Instrument Sharpener Properties – Part 3
How Coarse Should Your Dental Instrument Sharpener Be? Last time we discussed how the hardness of the dental instrument sharpener affects its performance. Now let’s discuss the grit. The coarser the grit, the faster the stone sharpens. The coarser the grit, the more imperfect the...Read More
Posted 5/16/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 57
What To Look For In a Dental Instrument Sharpener
How To Avoid “Loading” There are several properties to look for in a dental instrument sharpener that help make the sharpening task simple and efficient. One is the sharpeners tendency to resist a phenomenon called “Loading”. You may have experienced this. Have you used...Read More
Posted 9/15/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 171
Curette Sharpening – Get The Toe Right
Sharpening The Toe Of The Curette Curette sharpening can be a challenge, but with the right tools you’ll get superior results. Sharpening the toe of the curette has always been a difficult maneuver, evidenced by the number of curettes that have been sharpened to a point. Check your...Read More
Posted 7/29/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 245
Hand Dental Instruments vs. Mechanical Scaling Devices
Hand Dental Instruments vs. Mechanical Devices – Which To Use? Since mechanical scaling devices came into being in the mid 1950’s there has been a debate over what to use. To this day, there are offices that strictly use hand instrumentation. There are offices that have almost no...Read More
Posted 7/16/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 152
Dental Instrument Sharpening – Wire Edges?
Wire Edges: The Good, The Bad, Or The Meaningless What are wire edges? They are tiny projections of metal on the edge of a sharpened surface of a dental instrument. In a nut shell, I feel wire edges are meaningless. When sharpening dental instruments, metal is drawn in the direction of the...Read More
Posted 6/12/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 163
Perfect Stroke – Dental Instrument Sharpening
Perfect Stroke – Dental Instrument Sharpening We have talked about the sharpening aids built into the dental instrument sharpeners from New Edge Technologies. We’ve also discussed the importance of the set up position for the instrument’s face (see previous blog). Now, let us...Read More
Posted 6/2/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 2  |   Views: 396
Parallel Lines of Scaler & Curette Sharpening
Keep The Faces Parallel The sharpeners from New Edge Technologies have a unique patented design that eliminates the most common errors that occur when sharpening curettes and scalers. However, there are still things that need to be considered in order to produce and re-produce a proper edge....Read More
Posted 5/19/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 200
The Future of Dental Hygiene
What Can The Past of Dental Hygiene Tell Us of the Future? I have been a member of the American Academy of Periodontology for my entire thirty plus year career. I attended the majority of the annual meetings. I wish I kept all the programs from those meetings because they would tell an...Read More
Posted 5/1/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 167
The Versatility of the Gracy 13/14 - Root Planing
Root Planing With The Gracey 13/14 In my last blog I made the case for simplifying your scaling and root planing set-ups by keeping the number of hand instruments you use to a minimum. The minimum number of instruments to use is a personal choice. Some of you may feel you can’t get by...Read More
Posted 4/28/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 124
Dental Instruments on a Tight Budget
My career as a periodontist spanned many years. I was involved in education for a time and was director of a hospital based residency program for two years. I was in private practice for over 30 years. I was surprised to learn that today the average dental practice spends $50,000/yr. on...Read More
Posted 4/28/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 118
Dental Instruments on a Tight Budget
My career as a periodontist spanned many years. I was involved in education for a time and was director of a hospital based residency program for two years. I was in private practice for over 30 years. I was surprised to learn that today the average dental practice spends $50,000/yr. on...Read More
Posted 4/23/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 179
The Three Bears Of Dental Instrument Sharpening
What could the Three Bears possibly have to do with dental instrument sharpening? Well, you don’t want to use a sharpening stone that’s too hard or too soft. You want the one that’s just right! If you read my previous blogs you know I prefer to use a slightly coarser grit...Read More
Posted 4/17/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 604
Dental Instrument Sharpening Stone – Fine or Medium Grit?
In my last blog I recommended the use of a medium grit instrument sharpener instead of the fine Arkansas grit sharpener most of us were trained with. I mentioned the benefits included the ability to sharpen faster and the creation of functional wire edges (below) which can enhance the removal...Read More
Posted 4/3/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 513
Dental Instruments Sharp? How Can You Tell?
When Are Dental Instruments Sharp? I’ve talked a lot about the benefits of keeping your scalers and curettes sharp. So, how do we know when they’re sharp? Well, it’s very easy and doesn’t require anything more than a good light source. The best light source to use is...Read More

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