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Explorer 11/12 vs. #23

I am a recent dental hygiene graduate that is currently job searching. I have observed a few offices and have noticed that the hygienists are not using and do not have 11/12 explorers. The only one I saw was a #23 explorer. Is this normal to see?



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Hygienists without explorers…tsk tsk. I don’t think anything can replace how easy calculus can be detected with an 11/12, not to mention I know I’m not missing anything.

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I stick with the 11/12, especially with perio. It is irreplaceable.

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I have them in my SRP packs for deep pockets and furcations. I find I can feel with my scalers by using a light stroke in <4 pockets. I think it is certainly a personal preference.

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All offices can vary….be sure to request what you need/want

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Each office is different but I have 11/12 cal detect explorer in every set

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Each hygienist prefers certain instruments. As you go through working interviews you will see many different instrument set-ups! Personally, I have an 11/12 on every tray.

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I too have an 11/12 on every tray.

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My office has an 11/12 in some packs but not all. When I have a perio maintenance srp or new patient I try to grab a pack with an 11/12. It varies but don’t be afraid to ask for what you need to do your job thoroughly if the office doesn’t have it.

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All of the above. Once you get a job you should be allowed to update your setups. Order what you like or want to try. Dentist like a sharp explorer for caries detection and we like 11/12 for pockets.

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I use 11/12 in perio set-up, but have them in the drawer if I need on regular care patient

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I have 11/12 in S/RP packs and keep a few single packs of them in drawer for a regular prophy if I should need it. I cannot imagine why any hygienist would not have an 11/12.

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Thats interesting because I always use my 11/12 and have requested it any where I temp. To me its a must have.

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