About the course

Dr. Clayton Gracey introduced a set of curettes in the 1940s designed to treat periodontal disease.  These instruments, later coined Gracey curettes, were fashioned to treat specific areas on the tooth while improving access to periodontal pockets and facilitating deposit removal.  

Nordent’s Gracey curettes are designed just like Dr. Gracey intended them to be, with blades that wrap around the tooth anatomy and easily slide into the pocket. 

This course will examine standard and modified Gracey curette design and application.  A review will be provided on basic instrumentation concepts and principles. 

A discussion on Nordent’s Relyant scalers and curettes and Rx for staying sharp will conclude the course.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the Nordent and the uniqueness of their instrument brands

  • Identify the fundamental skills of basic dental hygiene instrumentation 

  • Apply knowledge of standard and modified Gracey designs in a clinical setting 

  • Develop a system that allows for continuous replacement of dental hygiene instruments


RDH, BSDH, DHSc, AADH Dr. Joy Void-Holmes

Dr. Joy D. Void-Holmes holds a Doctor of Health Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and is a registered dental hygienist with over 25 years of clinical experience in private practice. She is founder of Dr. Joy, RDH™ and creator of the Dental Hygiene Student Planner™. Dr. Joy is program chair for Fortis College Landover Dental Hygiene Program and holds a faculty position at the American Denturist School. Dr. Joy is a professional speaker and published author. She has presented continuing education courses nationally and internationally in the areas of instrumentation, ultrasonics, infection control, nutrition and biochemistry, cultural diversity and inclusion, silver diamine fluoride and glass ionomers along with her signature keynote, Confidence and Courage She serves as a Consultant Examiner for the CDCA examination board and is Past President of The Maryland Dental Hygienists' Association. Dr. Joy is an active member of The American Academy of Dental Hygienists, The American Dental Hygienists' Association and The Maryland Dental Action Coalition.

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