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"A Star is Born"

Posted on March 07, 2016

As more and more clinicians are experiencing the advantages of American Eagle sharpen-free XP Technology, it has become evident that these instruments have truly become a Game Changer in our industry. Even pioneers in the dental industry have been gobsmacked by American Eagle XP. This technology was developed about 10 years ago and is quickly becoming the go-to hand instrument of choice for practicing clinicians. And now students are clamoring for them as well.

I am an instructor at a dental hygiene program in Florida. I also happen to be a huge fan of American Eagle Instruments. Recently, our students…

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Quik-Tip Cone Socket Instruments – An Economical Game Changer

Posted on February 08, 2016

Einstein once said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. In healthcare, that can be risky, and our patients deserve better than the mediocrity this brings. I am constantly looking for the next “game changer"…. That next invention or improvement that will make preventive care appointments better for everyone. Marrying efficiency with quality care and keeping it budget-friendly is not easy, but essential to finding a way to work smarter rather than harder. Take sharpening instruments. Sharpening is the polar opposite of efficiency, quality care, and being budget-friendly. Schedules are…

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American Eagle wins 2015 Pennwell Reader's Choice "Game Changer Award"

Posted on January 18, 2016

Missoula, Mont.January 4, 2016 –American Eagle Instruments, Inc. (AEI) recently received the Pennwell RDH Reader’s Choice “Game Changer Award.” This award is presented by RDH Magazine and is tabulated based on clinician votes. The “Game Changer Award” is defined as any product or service in the dental market that clinicians feel is making the biggest impact in their practice. The “Game Changer Award” names AEI’s XP® Technology as the product that is making the biggest difference for clinicians in the workplace in 2015.

XP Technology curettes and scalers are the only sharpen free instruments on the market today. This technology…

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The Next Generation in Scaling: The Game Changing Double Graceys

Posted on January 13, 2016

The Next Generation in Scaling:

The Game Changing Double Graceys

Karen Siebert, RDH, MA

January 15, 2016

A revolutionary concept and design conceived by Dr. Clayton Gracey in the 1940’s, the Gracey line of hand instruments are celebrated as the “Queen Bee” of all hand instruments.Hygienists know that when we pick up a Gracey, it will instrument periodontal pockets greater than 3 mm better than any universal could. When I attended the University of Iowa dental hygiene program, this was repeated until it was ingrained in our heads. Recently, I had the opportunity to teach a couple of hands-on instrumentation courses in my…

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How did you take care of YOU in 2015?

Posted on December 28, 2015

It is cliché, but a question we need to ask of ourselves often, “What am I doing to protect my health and improve my life?” In dentistry, the biggest threat to career is skeletomuscular damage and injuries, and the best tool for prevention is practicing proper ergonomics.

Did you end 2015 with an operator stool fit to your specific needs? I remember starting my first job after graduation and my seat was a wooden stool from the dentist’s house. It did not roll and the height could not be adjusted. It was deemed appropriate for the frame of the 6’2” DDS…

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Has Education Caught Up with Technology?

Posted on December 28, 2015

As an educator for the past 19+ years and a clinical hygienist as well, I am perplexed that both seasoned professionals and the newest members of our profession are unaware of technology that is beneficial to both themselves and their patients. With technology advancing at a rate greater than ever before, it has become difficult for textbooks to keep up with the changes. One of the new technologies I have discovered is American Eagle’s XP Technology sharpen-free instruments. This technology in hand instrumentation is superior to the current stainless steel instruments that most of us use for so many reasons…

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The Cutting Edge

Posted on November 18, 2015

We are only as good as the tools we use. Shiny, new, razor-sharp instruments make any hygienist jump for joy. We become calculus-scaling champs, slicing through it as if it were butter. We are treating patients with a high standard of care and feeling on top of the world.

Unfortunately, life of the instrument slowly fades with each stroke and we are left with a less than perfect working edge. This can make us feel more fatigued and stressed. The grip on our instruments becomes tighter and we apply more lateral pressure when scaling. The patient may even feel how much…

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How incorporating sharpen-free XP® Technology increases ROI in your practice

Posted on November 10, 2015

Before discovering sharpen-free XP Technology®, my cassettes had to contain enough instruments to combat any periodontal situation – all Graceys, of course, an anterior and posterior sickle, a Younger-Good 7/8 for heavy sub, and a couple of universals “just in case”. This set-up was not only pricey to purchase it was time consuming. Searching for the instrument while mid-treatment took time, and could be frustrating. Then there was the maintenance involved in keeping them all sharp. Honestly, I never kept up.

General treatment cassettes now contain four to five instruments – a Double Gracey Anterior, a Double Gracey Posterior, an M23 Thin Scaler, a Blackjack…

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Happy Dental Hygiene Month!

Posted on October 07, 2015

Dental Hygiene Month is a great time to draw attention to the importance of good oral health. It is common to find activities based on educating the public on a variety of dental health topics. You will find free oral cancer screenings and fluoride varnish clinics in many locations during this important month. This is also a month to show appreciation to the RDH – those essential healthcare providers who fight oral disease without a lot of recognition.

Thanks to social media, it is easier for individuals, employers and companies to show appreciation to dental hygienists during the month of…

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5 Reasons AEI Titanium Implant Instruments Will Make Your Day

Posted on September 23, 2015

Once upon a time, an implant sighting was as rare as a lottery win. Today, thanks to advancements in technology, our clinical days are filled with crowns sporting a shiny base. Implants have brought patients a new and better path to oral health wellness, and with that, a challenge for practitioners – what is the best way to keep those implants healthy?

To date, our choices have been lacking. Plastic instruments have been shown to leave particles behind1, and stainless steel scratches the surface. Medical grade titanium is considered the most compatible implant instrument material to date2. Titanium is…

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