The Most Important Instrument

The Most Important Instrument

It was a Monday afternoon and I had settled into my daily routine. I was sitting on the edge of my chair, legs crossed, torso twisted just finishing up on the towards surfaces on the mandibular anteriors when I my coworker chided me "You don't teach your students to sit like that, do you?" She rightfully doesn't have sympathy for me when I have a sore back. I have only met one hygienist in my entire dental career whom has claimed to not have had any musculoskeletal symptoms resulting from time spend in the dental operatory chair. She was also very dedicated to her yoga practice. I thought to myself "Ain't nobody got hime for dat!"

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P. L. E. A. S. E Method

PICTURE THIS:


You are hunched over your patient frantically scaling half hazard strokes...the clock is ticking and you move to the next quadrant, you don't completely adjust your light but you can still kinda see (kinda/sorta).  You clean the distal lingual of 15 and keep moving on...only to realize that the distal of 15 still has a huge piece of calculus still on it.  You go back to 15, remove the calculus and then try to remember which teeth have been cleaned.... Meanwhile your body looks like a human pretzel..your patient is too high, you're too low- your elbows are high, shoulders hunched, your neck is twisted (because you haven't had the patient adjust his head) and some teeth are cleaned while others are not.   The faster you go the less adaptation you have and your patient keeps "jumping".  By the end of the day you've been behind all day, your body is killing you and you're very frustrated with your career choice!!

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