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A 59-year-old male asked:

my periodontal hygienist wears high powered lenses that she removes when finished. others tell me their hygienists do not use them. benefits?

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Dr. Brett Noorda
Dentistry 25 years experience
Better vision: Magnification loupes allow your hygienist to see better--it's the difference between her looking at teeth at normal size vs baseball size. That means she can see more detail, which should allow her to provide a more detailed cleaning. Cleaning teeth is not just visual, though--a lot is done by feel, especially between the teeth. So the loupes can provide a benefit, just not on all areas of teeth.
Dr. Theodore Grellner
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 48 years experience
Sounds like you've found a very conscientious hygienist who takes great pride in her work.
May 1, 2013
Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry 58 years experience
Good Job: If the hygienist feels she can do a better job with the lenses, good. If others do not, also good.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Detailed : Loopes are what you are referring to. Anyone involved doing dental procedures benefits when magnification is used. Detail are seen! and you can't treat what you don't see!
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Loopes: High powered lease that act as a magnifying glass. May improve the detail available to the practitioner. Some practitioners prefer them, some do not. Individual decision. A personal decision.

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