Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Air Powder/Polishing aint for babies!

Today we learned 3 PEs!!  Selective polishing, Fluoride treatment, AND airpowder/polishing aka. sandblasting.  So, its composed of sodium which means as you are blasting the surfaces of the tooth clean, you are dumping salt into your patients mouth - pretty fun, unless your the patient!  Its pretty messy too.  There is currently salt ALL OVER my unit and pretty much the whole clinic.  Luckily, selective polishing is something I have done for years so its coming pretty natural, except I need to remember to slow down and keep the psi between 10-20.  When I worked at the pedo office I was used to using up to 40 PSI!  Thats way too fast, it could hurt a little kids tooth or take off way too much enamel.  And then the fluoride tx is just gross and clumpy, but its great for your teeth!!  Oh and note to yourself: NEVER be polished with chocolate mint prophy paste - SICK!!  I prefer the salt over that.  See ya next time!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Shower Time

Today we learned how to use the ULTRASONIC! :)  Which means, we pretty much got to give each others face a shower.  It uses a LOT of water.  Sure, you can turn it down, but your still going to get wet.  It was a different fact, it kind of felt like I wasnt doing anything at all, just holding it.  I'm sure if my patient had a lot of calculus then I would be able to see its affects.  I was also able to pass off 2 PEs today (intra oral camera & OHI), which is very stressful to do when you learn a new technique AND when there are only 2 cameras for the whole clinic.  Overall, it was a good day.  I feel like I'm starting to get the hang of things...but I'm really nervous for a REAL patient...I probably will forget it all.  I took some pics today, Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More practice

Today we were able to practice all of the skills we have learned so far. I was able to pass off my posterior scaling PE. I also got a lot of help on would think I would have this down by now but I really don't. Getting into the "col" area is hard!! Anyway, I think we get to practice scaling more on Monday, which I need!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Practice Makes Perfect!

Today was a "practice" day...even though I felt crazier then ever!  I guess this is WHY we practice.  There is SO much to learn about charting etc.  I'm almost more nervous to chart then scale!  I did get to practice probing again and...I did ok.  I measured a 4mm pocket and was right so...I guess thats a good sign.  There has been so much shoved into my brain these past 9 weeks, its INSANE!  We did learn about the intra oral camera today, but that was really easy and fun.  I think Wednesday is another practice day and I will need to pass off my universal, posterior scaling.  I wish I was ahead but I like the TAs on Wednesday to pass me off anyway.  See ya Wednesday!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dental Screenings

Today we learned all about dental screenings.  We learned what the GREEN sheet is really for.  We had to go through our partners mouth and access if they have fillings/crown/sealants/decay etc.  We then had to chart it in their actual charts.  We also learned what to mark in blue/red PENCIL and the different "codes" to use (ex.tornado for implants).  I also was able to pass off my Eaglesoft PE and instrument PE.  We have a lot of different instruments but I am getting used to what they are named and what they are for.  Its amazing how much "easier" clinic the same time getting harder...confusing, I know! 

Monday, October 12, 2009

Disclosing agent!!

Today was TOO much fun.  We got to "disclose" each others mouths...which means it turns purple wherever there is plaque! (gross) SO we were able to see how clean (or not) everyones mouth is...and how good they brush.  We also learned how to find gingivits (which isn't the bright, flaming red gums you normally would think of).  We then learned about OHI (fun) and how to teach proper brushing technique.  After I turned Brookes mouth purple/pink, I then proceeded to scale the anteriors..which I really enjoy doing btw!  I am still worried about charting...I think this is going to take awhile to get down.  OH, we also learned all about PFI%.  "Plaque, Free, Index".  This way we can share with our patient how "good" they are brushing (or how BAD).  I cant say I scored too great, I need to floss WAY better!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

PoSteRiOr sCaLiNg

Yesterday we learned how to scale the posterior teeth with the berndhardt and colombia scalers.  The TA's & instructors make it look SO simple during demo, but when I actually get in there to do it I mess it all up!  I was getting the correct angle most of the time...but then I would over think it and mess up.  I really enjoy scaling though, I'm excited to learn about the other instruments.  I am nervous thinking about going sub-gingivally though!  For now, I will take it a day at a time.

Monday, October 5, 2009


Today we learned to scale the anterior teeth.  I think its easier then probing!  It was very exciting learning to feel for calculus.  I still need to practice to get my fulcrum right and my stroke angles correct.  I am excited for the day that I dont even have to think about what I'm doing, it just comes natural!  I think I am starting to catch on to adaptation and correct sitting positions.