Florida Dental Convention

FDC2023 Session Directory

State of the Art Scaling and Ergonomics: Precision, Power, Career Protection!

Course Code: C25
Speaker: Ms. Diane Millar, RDH, MA
CE Hours: 3.00
Start: Thursday, June 29, 2023, 2:00 PM
End: Thursday, June 29, 2023, 5:00 PM
Audience: Hygienists


 EARLY 4/14


 ONSITE 6/16 






This lecture will provide attendees with a virtual hands-on scaling experience in order to learn advanced and reinforced periodontal instrumentation scaling skills and techniques. Ideal biomechanical ergonomic postures will be demonstrated and then applied through audience participation. Knowing the importance of incorporating larger muscle groups and ideal fulcrums for improved lateral pressure, precision and injury prevention will be emphasized.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced conventional and reinforced periodontal scaling techniques with ideal intraoral and extraoral fulcrums to enhance precision and injury prevention.
  • understand how to protect their hands, wrists, arms and shoulders while scaling to prevent repetitive motion injuries which can lead to career-ending disabilities.
  • implement improved postural ergonomics around the patient chair for musculoskeletal stability, comfort and career longevity.
  • demonstrate and feel the difference between an incorrect grasp and an ideal ergonomically safe grasp while scaling using intraoral and extraoral fulcrums.

Speaker: Ms. Diane Millar, RDH, MA

About the speaker: Registered dental hygienist; master’s degree in education, Pepperdine University; faculty, West Coast University; owner, Innovative RDH Strategies.

Disclosure: I or members of my immediate family have a financial relationship with LM-Dental, Ultralight Optics Inc. and Zirc Dental Products that may be relevant to this presentation.

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