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

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

  • Dr. Joy  Void-Holmes

    RDH, BSDH, DHSc, AADH

    Dr. Joy Void-Holmes

    With over 27 years of experience, Joy D. Void-Holmes is considered a thought leader in dental hygiene and is recognized for her ability to evoke passion into her work to help elevate the knowledge of the dental community. She is an educator, writer, consultant, and researcher. Published author for multiple dental related articles, editor and chief of the Inspire the Future Newsletter, creator of the Dental Hygiene Student Planner, and co-founder of the Inspire the Future Summit educators conference. She is an accomplished speaker and has lectured nationally. Her continuing education presentations include a variety of topics such as instrumentation, ultrasonics, infection control, nutrition and biochemistry, health promotion models, and oral-systemic diseases. Joy currently serves as president for the Maryland Dental Hygienists’ Association and is a consultant examiner for the Commission on Dental Competency Exams. Joy received her doctorate degree in Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University.

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