Stay sharp... literally!
WHY USING SHARP INSTRUMENTS
IS CRUCIAL TO EFFICIENT PATIENT CARE?
Any skilled dental hygienist understands that using sharp instruments is crucial to efficient patient care. Not only are sharp instruments advantageous for the patient, quality sharpness also benefits the dental hygienist as well. While there are a multitude of instruments to choose from in the dental hygiene profession, certain instruments such as Hu-Friedy’s EverEdge 2.0 exceeds expectations in many regards.
EverEdge scalers improve palpable sensations, thus augmenting the efficiency of scaling and periodontal debridement. Due to advancements in technology, Hu-Friedy’s EverEdge 2.0 scalers are 50% sharper than the next scaling competitor. Compared to the Amercian Eagle XP scalers, EverEdge 2.0 is actually 63% sharper, even after 500 strokes. The newer metal of the EverEdge 2.0 instruments allows the cutting edge to maintain sharpness longer than traditional metals, thus reducing the frequency of sharpening. This is not to say that an EverEdge 2.0 scaler will last a lifetime, but the longevity outlast other scalers in the market.
With the optimized heat control process to help maintain the sharp stainless- steel cutting edge, the EverEdge 2.0 means more comfort for the patient and clinician.
The clinician feels greater control of the instrument, along with the specifically designed large diameter handle for optimal weight leading to reduced hand fatigue. Meanwhile, less discomfort is experienced by the patient since the clinician is using fewer strokes and is applying less pressure during scaling.
Coated instruments, on the other hand, such as the American Eagle instruments made with XP technology, have limitations in their design. Instead of the titanium nitride coating being embedded in the steel, the coating actually encapsulates the blade of the instrument and can be removed when the blade is pressed against a hard surface (the tooth). Consequently, once the coated layer has flaked off or is removed, the instrument is no longer effective. After the coating is missing, the instrument should be discarded. Contrary, the EverEdge 2.0 scalers can continue to be sharpened to generate a functionally sharp cutting edge.
Ultimately, using sharp instruments will lead to successful clinical outcomes. Practitioners and patients alike benefit from advanced manufacturing processes with scalers like the EverEdge 2.0.
Jennifer Harmon is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Dental Ecology at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC. Jennifer’s experience expands beyond clinical, with backgrounds in both education and research. In her current role, she is the course director for Preventative Therapies and Periodontal Scaling as well as Dental Hygiene Theory. Jennifer has authored articles in multiple publications and speaks on a variety of dental hygiene related topics; with a focus on advanced periodontal instruments and ergonomics. When not educating or speaking, you might find her volunteering or coaching. She has a passion to improve the clinical teaching environment and the quality of patient care.