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Ultra sonic and hand scaling

03/14/2008

Question:

What is the latest standard of practice for prophy? Hand scale then ulrasonic or ultrasonic then hand scale?

Answer:

It is typically ultrasonic, then hand scaling, then maybe some follow up with the ultrasonic.  It is up to the practitioner.

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Response by:

Michele P Carr, RDH,  MA Michele P Carr, RDH, MA
Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene
Associate Professor of HS Nursing Quality & Research
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University