The one clinical hygiene instrument that can make or break your success

You may remember a few weeks back when I featured a client of ours, Dr. Holmes in Houston. I’m back here today to celebrate their success and help them refine their restorative co-diagnosis and hygiene-doctor exam process. We’ll be posting a video soon so you can see hear about their results first-hand.

One of the items we observe when we’re in office with a client is their instrument set-up. While every hygienist has his/her preferences, there are a few key instruments that MUST be in every kit. The 2-minute video below will let you know the first thing we look for in the kit and how it can affect your treatment success and tissue response after SRP.

Stay Inspired,
Rachel

Every hygiene instrument kit, whether used for a prophy or perio therapy, MUST have a sub-gingival explorer. So often, the ONLY explorer on the hygiene tray is a shepherd’s hook explorer. This tool is NOT designed for subg exploring and calculus detection.

While I learned to use the pig tail explorer in hygiene school 20 yrs ago, my subg explorer of choice is the EXD 11/12 also known as the ODU 11/12 explorer. Having (and properly using) this explorer in every hygiene kit will improve your diagnostic abilities and the tissue response your patients achieve after perio therapy. If residual calculus is not detected and removed, it will affect the success of your treatment. I’ll post another video soon about how to properly adapt this explorer.

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