What Should I Take When I Temp?


Whether you are thinking about occasional temping or full-time temping it is a good idea to bring along a few essential items. Please adapt this list for your level of temping.

Items for Patient Treatment: 

Patient glasses

Blood pressure cuff

Supplies: Your patient education folder 

Your preference of instruments- (be sure to sterilize before you leave) 

Sharpening stone- Most instruments are not sharp when I temp (be sure to sterilize before you leave) 

Cordless Handpiece- (be sure to sterilize before you leave) 

Your own favorite no-hassle floss

Polishing paste, Prophy brushes. (Items you may want to try from the trade shows) 

For you:



Loupe light- HERE is one we wrote about that you can use to try out a light and then save for your favorite one.

Saddle chair

Den plugs- Start protecting your hearing from those high frequencies.

Nasal filters- Protect your patient and yourself from aerosols

Small clock to stay on-time. 

Patient Samples: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, xylimelts, interproximal brushes (items you get at trade shows) 

Making It Memorable 

Xylitol suckers- For those pedo patients, an OHE tool for parents or a fun treat for the child tagging along with a parent.

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Want to know more ideas about temping read our article Becoming and Unforgettable Temp.

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