It’s A Tale of Two Hygienists’ monthly student roundtable episode, which means Andrew and Michelle have invited a roster of guests to educate student listeners on a chosen topic. Kicking off this month’s topic, Michelle spoke to a trio of hygienists about how they use and maintain their instruments.
Lory Laughter is an assistant professor and the dental hygiene program director at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Lisa Bahr is the program director and a Level 1 facilitator at Waukesha County Technical College with a passion for public health. Dr. Joy Void-Holmes is program director at Fortis College in Landover, MD and specializes in preventative investigative technology.
In this episode, our guests explain how the COVID paradigm shift has allowed us to focus on what’s important, discuss why you should have a “construction worker’s mentality” when maintaining your instruments, and delve into the tradeoffs of using sharpen-free tools.
Interview starts: 4:00
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– The guests check the industry’s pulse when it comes to instrumentation.
– What is the best way to teach hygiene students about instrumentation—and how they can expand their knowledge beyond school?
– Discussing how often instruments should be sharpened, and which tools and techniques you should use.
– Why using a sharpen-free instrument requires that you alter your techniques.
– The trio weighs in on their favorite advanced fulcrums.
“We are really focused on production, production, production, which is not a bad thing, but I don’t think that you should be compromising patient care for it.”
“Don’t be afraid to pick up an instrument and try it!”
“The best instrument for you is the one that feels best in your hand.”
“I think your instruments are like your best high heels: you’re not sharing those.”
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