How well do you know your dentistry tools?
We all know you are supposed to visit the dentist for regular teeth cleanings to maintain your oral health, but do you know what standard tools are being used to keep your mouth in tip-top shape?
Here is a list of five dental instruments being used at your regular visits:
- Mouth Mirror
Yep, you guessed it; this is used to reflect areas of your mouth to make them more visible. In addition to that, this utensil helps rescind the cheeks, lips, and tongue from obstructing your specialist’s view.
- Cotton Forceps
These look just like fancier tweezers. Better yet, imagine the little instrument used when playing the game Operation to remove items. Cotton forceps are used to transfer materials in and out of the mouth cavity. It is most commonly used to grasp cotton, which is where it gets its name but can be used for other substances.
- Ultrasonic Scaler
This is an automatic handheld device that is used to remove plaque from your enamel. It creates vibrations that reverberate outside the noticeable range of hearing for humans. The Latin roots are meaning “extreme sound.”
- Periodontal Probe
This probably looks scarier than it is. Yes, it is pointy, but what you don’t see are the small notches to measure depth in millimeter increments. Your specialist may use this to evaluate the overall health of the tissue around your tooth.
These double-sided tools are used to plainly, explore the mouth for tooth decay, abnormalities, and calculus. Hooked on one side and squared on the other, it provides the ultimate leverage to get into those hard-to-reach areas and remove build-up.
If you feel anxious about visiting the dentist, next time you are there, ask them to describe these tools to help you better understand. You’ll feel better knowing what everything is used for, and your friends will be impressed by your newfound knowledge. We are happy to help make our patients feel as comfortable as possible so please never hesitate to ask any questions!
If you are looking to schedule your next appointment and see all these tools in action, schedule an appointment online or call our offices at (561) 495 – 2099.