This was closely followed by periodontology department in which the most common cause was the use of sharp curettes and inadequate technique/inexperience during manual scaling
However, unlike the multi-point data provided by the third-party databases, these graphs are just that, images where actual data points need to be estimated visually or through manual scaling
. Here again, the providers of high-performance materials will tend to provide a detailed set of graphs for a broad set of grades.
Azure also allows for manual scaling
keeping in mind that the priorities of different users would differ.
Research has yet to explain which dental hygienists' work practices (ultrasonic or manual scaling, air or rubber cup polishing) pose a greater risk for developing MSDs; although there have been attempts to distinguish this by examining the relative strength of association of vibration exposure versus biomechanical exposure.
(11,36) The use of ultrasonics commonly has been viewed as an ergonomic improvement since they require lower forces than manual scaling; however, more research is needed to determine if that advantage may be balanced by vibration exposure and/or biomechanical aspects of ultrasonic use.
Included in the statistics package is a powerful graphical report generator that can display test results in line, point or bar format with either automatic or manual scaling
, according to the company.
The type of dental hygiene procedure was classified as exam (intra- and extra-oral, dental, occlusal, and periodontal, including probing), scaling (manual scaling
alone, or exam and manual scaling
, but no polishing), complete prophylaxis (examination, scaling and polishing, or scaling and polishing if the examination had been completed at an earlier appointment), and appointments during which ultrasonic scalers, sonic scalers, or air polisher were used.