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August 15, 2017
To keep a dental office up and running, implementing proper cleaning and sterilization techniques is crucial. American Dental stresses the importance of having a schedule that dentists, hygienists, and other office personal can easily perform in timely increments (ie: daily, weekly, etc). When it comes to regular maintenance of handpieces and their components, we have this to say:
Our hope is that you can figure out a good routine that works for your office. It is a process and could take some time to see what is right for your dental office. As always, let us know if you have any further questions. Make sure to use the above free technical resources. There is even a helpful printout to help get your routine started.
June 20, 2017
Disconnecting a handpiece shouldn't be hard, but sometimes it can be tricky. This problem might occur when there is a clog or due to inadequate handpiece maintenance. This dentist had this happen to her:
Clogs happen and we explain more about that in our Practice Tips here. It will explain how to troubleshoot a clogged waterline and how it can cause improper flow to your handpiece.
March 28, 2017
All dentists have their preferred dental handpiece. If you are a dentist that uses a high-speed handpiece with a fiberoptic or LED bulb, this quick tip is for you.
Having a light on your handpiece helps focus light on the area of examination. Like most bulbs, they tend to burn out after use. Your dental handpiece goes through quite a bit of wear-and-tear, so the suggested precautions seen above will really help you increase the longevity of your lighted high-speed hp. Your handpiece choice is all personal preference and proper maintenance is key to running them properly (see Practice Tip #5 for more hp maintenance and Practice Tip #36 for more on hp couplers).