It’s one thing to have the right supplies and the right equipment in your clinic – it’s quite another to be able to take care of those supplies and that equipment, and make sure that they are running perfectly for the next several years. Equipment and supplies tend to be expensive, after all, and you need to make sure that you can get a good return on your investment.

They are the tools of your trade, and deserve taking care of – to be sure. However, the less money and the less time you have to spend on the maintenance, the better off you are. It’s a matter of efficiency, and it’s a matter of making your dental practice go as smoothly as possible. In the end, failure or a breakdown of certain tools is not an option. Here are the top tips on the proper maintenance of your dental equipment and supplies.

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The manufacturer’s instructions

They’re pretty much the holy scripture when it comes to taking care of what you have invested so much money on – the manufacturer understands that your equipment and tools must be maintained well and it’s always recommended you follow their instructions when it comes to taking care of them. This will also ensure any insurance and warranty will be on your side in case something goes wrong. Most importantly, however, it will ensure you do the right thing and can use the tool or equipment in the proper way for as long as possible.

Hand tools

Often they need no more than some effective cleaning; unless you are using cutting tools, in which case specialised sharpening may be in order. The greatest complaint of dentists is that they often use blunt tools.

Rotary or air driven instruments

They’re costly and require special maintenance – check with the manufacturer and don’t spare expense; it’s too important.

Suction equipment

Maintenance of suction equipment is mainly a matter of changing filters regularly, as well as avoiding the buildup of mucus or other clogging agents.

Electrical equipment

This is tricky to describe, as the technology keeps evolving, and various kinds of tools and equipment are constantly changing. Always consult specialists in case of doubt.

Delicate procedures often need delicate instruments – or at least blunt instruments that are handled by delicate hands. As a dentist, you need to make sure you can rely on those tools and instruments at any time, without the worry of a breakdown or failure along the way. As such, it’s important to select the instruments that give you confidence and that are able to perform exactly as you need them, when you need them. Dental equipment servicing and maintenance are necessary, but should not be hard. It’s a matter of being efficient and of providing the best care for your patients as possible.