Ask hygienists if they like to sharpen instruments. The answer will be a resounding “NO”! Ask dentists if they like to see their hygienist spending time sharpening instruments. No again, they want them producing or on the phone filling schedules in order to produce. Understandable. It’s a dilemma.A study conducted by RDH magazine found that 25% of hygienists sharpen their instruments less frequently than once per month, and half of those quarterly or less. With approximately 70 – 80 % of our population suffering from periodontal disease, and our registered dental hygienists being charged with providing the non-therapeutic periodontal treatment, how can we not address the critical state of the instruments that hygienists use to provide this service?
Here are some reasons to be sharp, and strategies to stay sharp!
Check out the following links to the two companion articles that review this challenge and provide solutions for change; a win-win for both the dentist and the hygienist.
Posted July 15, 2019
Sitting hunched over patients’ mouths for several hours a day is extremely taxing on your body. Dental hygienists and dentists are prone to problems as a result of poor working posture, eye strain, and unnatural hand positioning. Regular exercise, however, can help you minimize those problems and enjoy benefits such as: Greater comfort while working […]
Posted July 05, 2019
One of the great things about a career in dental hygiene is how flexible the job is. I have worked as little as two days a month when my kids were little. It was perfect. But for as flexible as the work days can be, once you commit to a day the flexibility ends. You […]
Posted July 04, 2019
Each year delivers more new dental technology that makes dentistry easier, faster, and more cost-effective than ever before. But like many other hygienists, this trend has you a bit concerned. You’re wondering how all the rapidly-developing technology will impact your dental hygienist duties. Could new dental technology devalue the work you do or render your […]