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Holding suction while using cavitron

I know most hygienists hang the suction out of the patients mouth while using the cavitron. I like to hold it even though there are areas where I can’t see everything. If I feel like I’ve missed something I will put the suction in the patients mouth and use my mirror along with the cavitron to remove it. Is there any reason this wouldn’t be recommended or do others do it this was as well? I’m starting a new job next week so am thinking if I should change my techniques now would be the time to do it.



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How do you hold the suction, mirror, and cavitron tip all at the same time?
I always struggled with this, one of the new offices i start at has these amazing super flexible suctions (don’t know the brand) that i am easily able to bend and make comfortably stay in the pt’s mouth. Or I hold it for the linguals myself, no mirror needed bc i have direct vision, you can also use cotton rolls in the vestibule as retraction on the buccals so that you don’t need the mirror. Or sometimes ask the pt to hold the suction, they r usually happy to help. Hope this helps!

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The other hygienist at the office I work in holds the suction when she is doing mandibular teeth. I sometimes hold it when I am doing mandibular linguals if I have proper direct vision. Overall, I hang it on the side of the patient’s mouth about 99% of the time. I am just not able to see everything while I hold the suction and not the mirror. If it works for you, and you are able to see, I don’t think you should change it! However, if you are noticing you are not able to see what you are doing, then I would hang it from the patient’s mouth for those areas.

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Have you tried using the isolite? It keeps the pts mouth open while suctioning out the water/salvia…hands free. Leaves you to be able to hold the cavitron and your mirror.– There is also a mirror that has a suction feature all in one. I haven’t tried that, as my doctor isn’t on-board with purchasing it for hygiene at the moment.

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