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I like to keep it simple. I don’t use sickle scalers. I can’t remember the last time I used one, especially in a posterior area. I used a universal curette, a University of California 5/6 (virtually the same as the Columbia 4R/4L)* and the ever so versatile Gracey 13/14. Actually, I had four curettes in my setup, one each of the above and one each of the above that had been sharpened to the point where their blades were narrow. I referred to the…Continue
Posted on December 13, 2016 at 12:48pm
There is an old saying in the academic world, “publish or perish”. There is a much more current saying in the tech world, “garbage in, garbage out”. They both are true and, unfortunately, pertain to much of our “academic” literature.
When I ponder this, two things come to mind. First, there are many things that we were taught simply because the people teaching us were taught the same thing. And many of these so called facts go back several generations of educators. It’s amazing how…Continue
Posted on December 5, 2016 at 2:44pm
I’m sure you have heard the claim from some instrument manufactures that they now can produce scalers and curettes that never need sharpening. When you take a moment to think about this is it possibly true? I tend to doubt it. Come on, a blade that never gets dull? Where is the research that supports this outlandish claim? I haven’t seen it but I have seen research that reports the opposite.
A study by independent…Continue
Posted on November 4, 2016 at 6:36am
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 about the economic benefit of using sharp instruments. One economic benefit is the fact that you can work faster.…Continue
Posted on October 24, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment