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What do you think of using a size #4 handle on instruments?

The periodontist I work with has been in practice since the ’80s and he likes the smaller/skinny handle sizes on instruments. I’m a new graduate and am used to the #9 or resin handle so it’s a big difference for me! I know school teaches that the skinnier handles require more of a pinched grip and causes more fatigue… He doesn’t seem willing go buy the handle size I prefer. When I asked him he said it doesn’t require a tight grip and told me not to use a lot of lateral force during scaling :/ my hand hurts!



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Ask him if you can use instrument grips. Here’s one I like to use:

Invented by a dental hygienist who experienced musculoskeletal discomfort due to tightly gripping dental instruments, SoftDentalGrips provide a soft, spongy grip that allows the clinician to use a lighter grasp, reducing hand fatigue. They fit onto most instrument handles and enlarge their diameters to 1/2 inch.

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You could always buy your own mirror handles. The handles aren’t that expensive.

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