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Improve Dental Patient Care And Your Bottom Line
Over the years I have emphasized the importance of using sharpscalers and curettes. With sharp instruments you scale and root planebetter, you work faster, you are more efficient, and your procedure ismore comfortable for you and dental patient care improves.I’ve talked indirectly about the...  Read More
Dental Instrument Sharpener Properties – Part 3
How Coarse Should Your Dental Instrument Sharpener Be?Last time we discussed how the hardness of the dental instrumentsharpener affects its performance. Now let’s discuss the grit. Thecoarser the grit, the faster the stone sharpens. The coarser the grit,the more imperfect the sharpened edge...  Read More
What To Look For In a Dental Instrument Sharpener
How To Avoid “Loading”There are several properties to look for in a dental instrumentsharpener that help make the sharpening task simple and efficient. Oneis the sharpeners tendency to resist a phenomenon called “Loading”. Youmay have experienced this. Have you used a new...  Read More
Curette Sharpening – Get The Toe Right
Sharpening The Toe Of The CuretteCurette 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 difficultmaneuver, evidenced by the number of curettes that have been sharpenedto a point. Check your instruments...  Read More
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’sthere has been a debate over what to use. To this day, there are officesthat strictly use hand instrumentation. There are offices that havealmost no hand...  Read More
Dental Instrument Sharpening – Wire Edges?
Wire Edges: The Good, The Bad, Or The MeaninglessWhat are wire edges? They are tiny projections of metal on the edgeof a sharpened surface of a dental instrument. In a nut shell, I feelwire edges are meaningless. When sharpening dental instruments, metal is drawn in the directionof the sharpening...  Read More
Perfect Stroke – Dental Instrument Sharpening
Perfect Stroke – Dental Instrument SharpeningWe have talked about the sharpening aids built into the dentalinstrument sharpeners from New Edge Technologies. We’ve also discussedthe importance of the set up position for the instrument’s face (seeprevious blog). Now, let us move to...  Read More
Parallel Lines of Scaler & Curette Sharpening
Keep The Faces ParallelThe sharpeners from New Edge Technologies have a unique patenteddesign that eliminates the most common errors that occur when sharpeningcurettes and scalers. However, there are still things that need to beconsidered in order to produce and re-produce a proper edge. One is...  Read More
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 myentire thirty plus year career. I attended the majority of the annualmeetings. I wish I kept all the programs from those meetings becausethey would tell an interesting...  Read More
The Versatility of the Gracy 13/14 - Root Planing
Root Planing With The Gracey 13/14In my last blog I made the case for simplifying your scaling and rootplaning set-ups by keeping the number of hand instruments you use to aminimum. The minimum number of instruments to use is a personal choice.Some of you may feel you can’t get by with fewer...  Read More
Dental Instruments on a Tight Budget
My career as a periodontist spanned many years. I was involved ineducation for a time and was director of a hospital based residencyprogram for two years. I was in private practice for over 30 years. Iwas surprised to learn that today the average dental practice spends$50,000/yr. on supplies,...  Read More
Dental Instruments on a Tight Budget
My career as a periodontist spanned many years. I was involved ineducation for a time and was director of a hospital based residencyprogram for two years. I was in private practice for over 30 years. Iwas surprised to learn that today the average dental practice spends$50,000/yr. on supplies,...  Read More
The Three Bears Of Dental Instrument Sharpening
What could the Three Bears possibly have to do with dental instrumentsharpening? Well, you don’t want to use a sharpening stone that’s toohard or too soft. You want the one that’s just right!If you read my previous blogs you know I prefer to use a slightlycoarser grit sharpener....  Read More
Dental Instrument Sharpening Stone – Fine or Medium Grit?
In my last blog I recommended the use of a medium grit instrumentsharpener instead of the fine Arkansas grit sharpener most of us weretrained with. I mentioned the benefits included the ability to sharpenfaster and the creation of functional wire edges (below) which canenhance the removal of...  Read More
Dental Instruments Sharp? How Can You Tell?
When Are Dental Instruments Sharp?I’ve talked a lot about the benefits of keeping your scalers andcurettes sharp. So, how do we know when they’re sharp? Well, it’s veryeasy and doesn’t require anything more than a good light source. Thebest light source to use is within...  Read More

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