My Experience with Gold Edge Sharpening Stones
I’m a clinical instructor at a dental hygiene school and also work two days per week in a private practice. One thing I’ve recognized as making my job easier as a dental hygienist is sharp instruments. Using sharp instruments for every procedure delivers so many benefits including less wear and tear on my hands, arms, and back – plus better cleaning for my patients.
I prefer hand sharpening my curettes. Just a quick touch up keeps my instruments in top shape. No more pointed curettes and so little time expended to keep everything sharp.
Dental instrument sharpening is a component of the curriculum for student dental hygienists I train. Over the years, I’ve ordered sharpeners for my students. What a relief they are for them because they take the stress out of a seemingly dreadful task.
I’ve used the Gold Edge Sharpeners from True Edge Dental for over 10 years. I’ve used many sharpening stones during my 35+ year career as a hygienist and find these sharpeners to be the most user-friendly and effective.
It is essential that we have a stone that takes the guess work out of properly sharpening our instruments. The angled ends of these sharpeners aid in establishing a proper bevel. All you need to do is to hold your instrument so its face is parallel with the working surface top. Short stokes are then made keeping the stone’s angled top parallel to the work surface top. This ensures the bevel never changes. Then, several strokes with the toe of the instrument in the groove on the side of the sharpener keep the toe’s proper shape and sharpness. No oil is needed. I just use a little water.
So simple to use and delivers great results!
Hawkeye Community College