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scaling tips

Hi I’m a newer hygienist, less than 2 years. I’ve always felt that I’m good with scaling. Recently I’ve been told that I’ve been missing things and I’ve been taking it hard. Any tips?



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Are you wearing loupes with a light?
Are you using air to dry calc to make sure you removed it?
Do you use a piezo or ultrasonic?
When did you sharpen last?
Have you tried other instruments other than what you used in school? I love AE Black Jack use it everywhere.
Not all calc is removed 100% every time. Who is telling you that you missed and did you go back and see if you really missed it? Are you missing large chunks or very light sheet calc?
I always use my ultrasonic first and then use my scaler as an explorer on healthy adult prophies. Less tissue trauma using the piezo or ultrasonic. Once you use ultrasonic enough you will get comfortable and rely so much on it. I use it on children even. They love it because it’s faster and doesn’t hurt like hand scaling the whole time. Good luck.

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I would definitely assess your instruments, like Hygenius pointed out. Has it been over a year since you’ve last replaced your instruments? How often do you sharpen? Adaptation and a correct fulcrum is key, but if this is a recent issue, it may not necessarily be something you are doing wrong per se. I also wonder too, who has told you that you are “missing things?” Do you see radiographic calculus? Don’t look down on yourself! The sheer fact that you are looking for answers tells me that you are a sharp cookie! No one is perfect, work on the adaptation of the cutting edge and don’t hold back on using your ultrasonic. Whoever is telling you this needs to show you where you are missing. Maybe it’s only the distal of #29 (or whatever) on certain patients, then you have a baseline on where to really focus. Keep your chin up and do your best!

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Thanks for the responses. I wear loupes with a light. Blow air. and I’ve gone back to basics and slowed down. I’ve now started taking bwx after srp or pts with radiograpic calc. My instraments are all up to scale (little dental pun lol). Also use my ultrasonic on every pt that needs it. Thanks again for the help.

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