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Hello. I am in school and was wondering for any advise on detecting calculus? I’m still learning.



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Flossing is a great way to find calculus.

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Use your radiographs! Also light touch with the 11/12 explorer, heavy handed touch makes detecting difficult. Time and experience helps a lot so just keep at it and it gets easier. Good luck with school!

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Radiographs are good, but not always indicative of calculus. You are so new that you are not really seeing patients with a lot of noticeable calculus. AIR works well to find small amounts. If you feel roughness with explorer and then you scale and nothing is there then it’s probably a rough surface of tooth. You will get better as you experience more involved patients. Good luck!!

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NEVER forget your explorer! 11/12 is your best friend! Encourages you to THINK, use a light touch and not scale everything in lieu of a close look.

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