Exclusive Survey: Tipping the scales

March 21, 2012

This time last year, we looked at the way that ultrasonic scalers were changing your practice patterns. This time, we went back to the basics-hand instrumentation-and find that while 97% of you are, in fact, incorporating ultrasonic scaling into your treatment planning, nearly 51% of respondents are using hand scaling more than half the time. Clearly, this is a category that is still relevant and worth being educated about.

This time last year, we looked at the way that ultrasonic scalers were changing your practice patterns. This time, we went back to the basics-hand instrumentation-and find that while 97% of you are, in fact, incorporating ultrasonic scaling into your treatment planning, nearly 51% of respondents are using hand scaling more than half the time. Clearly, this is a category that is still relevant and worth being educated about.

When it comes to choosing hand instrumentation, almost 50% of respondents agree performance is most important with quality and ergonomics a close second and third. Your heads-and by extension, your hands-are in the right place! Doctors are realizing that as well, 71% of those who took the survey indicated that they are involved in selecting the instruments they use in the dental practice.

Read on for more about what dental hygienists prefer and practice with.