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Simplifying Dental Hygiene Treatment with Hand Instruments During Covid-19 
Presenter: Brenda Sharp McCarson, RDH, BS Release Date: 7/28/20
Credits: 1 CEU, Free Self-Study Expiration Date: 7/28/26
AGD Subject Code: 148 Reviewed: 2023        

As dental offices re-open during COVID-19, the CDC has published specific guidelines to ensure a safe environment for dental health care providers (DHCP) and patients. One recommendation significantly affects the standard of dental hygiene treatment provided to patients. The CDC recommends avoiding the use of aerosol generating equipment and states specifically that use of ultrasonic scalers is not recommended. This presents a sudden paradigm swing for the dental hygienist who uses a blended treatment approach that includes hand instruments and ultrasonic scaling devices (piezo and magnetostrictive). Some states have taken the recommendation a step further and issued a mandate which prohibits the use of ultrasonic scalers at this time. Dental Hygienists are well educated and prepared to meet this new normal for providing optimal services to our patients.

This CE webinar provides a review of new advances in dental hygiene hand instrument design and metallurgy. Attendees will have an opportunity to virtually assess a variety of new instrument designs during the webinar.

During this CE webinar, we will
• Review design, function and use of popular hand instruments commonly used by the dental hygienist.
• Identify new instruments that will maximize your dental hygiene treatment procedures.
• Introduce advanced instrumentation designs like periodontal files, diamond finishing files and rigid curettes.   ( disclaimer , AGD PACE Statement )

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