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COVID-19 Hand Scaling Essentials
COVID-19 Hand Scaling Essentials

Speaker: Anna Pattison, RDH, MS

Program Track: Clinical

Course Description: The Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly affected dental and dental hygiene practice. To address state and national guidance for aerosol abatement, many practitioners are renewing their focus and reliance on hand instrumentation for effective patient care. This course emphasizes best practices with essential hand instruments to help practitioners return to work in these times. Learn how proper techniques can help you avoid fatigue and improve effectiveness. Recommendations for ideal cassette and instrument selection, along with reinvigorating your hand instrumentation techniques and timely tips for safe clinical practice will be discussed. Sponsored by: Hu-Friedy

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize best cassette designs for infection prevention and instrument longevity
  • Identify and select the optimal hand instruments for a. Recare scaling b. Periodontal maintenance scaling c. Initial therapy quadrant scaling with anesthesia
  • Describe best evaluation before hand scaling a. Probe and explorer design b. Probing and exploring pressure and technique
  • Describe best hand instrumentation techniques for easing strain and providing effective scaling a. Grasp and pressure for Examination Vs. Scaling b. Ideal fulcrums for various situations i. Close, intraoral ii. Opposite Arch iii. Extraoral iv. Finger on finger v. Cross Arch c. Insertion to base of sulcus/pocket d. Best angulation – visual cues e. Stroke pressure, direction and activation i. For maintenance – biofilm, light calculus removal ii. For initial therapy – moderate to heavy calculus removal
  • Describe best evaluation after hand scaling a. Exploring pressure b. Exploring technique
  • Safe use of water and suction

CE Credit Hours: 1.0

Original Date of Session: 27 June 2020

The American Dental Hygienists' Association is designated as an approved provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc. #AADHADH (Jan. 1, 2021–Dec. 31, 2021). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry. Licensee should maintain this document in the event of an audit.

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association is an approved provider of dental continuing education as recognized by the Dental Board of California, Provider #5238.

Standard price: 25.00
Discounted price: 10.00
You could save: 60.0%