10 Incredibly Easy Steps to Assure a Long Healthy Career

Posted on July 17, 2017

Dental Hygiene Grads:

10 Incredibly Easy Steps to Take Now to Assure a Long Healthy Career

Congratulations recently licensed dental hygienists! Welcome to the wonderful world of disease prevention and periodontal therapy. Did you see the article published in April 2017 that listed dental hygiene as the number one most unhealthy job in America? Maybe not - you were in the middle of taking final exams and boards!

Being a dental hygienist may look like an easy job of sitting all day. This article helped bring to light some practices that are harmful in the long run. Unfortunately…

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The Pro Thin™ Advantage

Posted on July 12, 2017

As a Dental Hygienist, I’ve always wished for a thinner instrument design.  There have been some frustrating cases where I knew a thinner blade would be the answer to getting that last bit of calculus. Recently, I’ve had experience with the new XP® Technology Pro Thin™ line introduced by American Eagle Instruments, and they are my new go-to instruments for more than just perio.   

Having already been a sharpen-free XP aficionado, I was excited to try the new Pro Thin line, and it has quickly become my preferred set of instruments for all clinical applications. The thinner working ends of the…

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3 Phrases Heard Most Often at Tennessee’s Annual Session

Posted on July 05, 2017

It’s that time of year again - time for state and national conferences. Some hygienists save year-round in order to gather with other motivated professionals, hear about advancements in the dental field, and visit seemingly endless rows of sponsor tables. 

This year I was one of the smiling faces welcoming you to the American Eagle Instruments sponsor table. I attended Tennessee’s Annual Session and enjoyed meeting seasoned hygienists who have been using American Eagle Instruments for years and also new hygienists who had heard of AEI, but just couldn’t believe all the good things they’d been told.

Here is a…

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Time is on Your Side

Posted on June 23, 2017

When we think about our dental hygiene appointments and the tasks we complete for each patient, we could easily write out the steps of the ideal appointment. From experience, we quickly learn that what we set out as the perfectly efficient appointment on paper isn’t necessarily how it happens in the chair!  What we can’t predict and put on the list are all the “other” things that can pop up during that limited appointment time that greatly affect how efficiently we can complete all the pertinent tasks.  

Maybe the patient arrives a few minutes late, or they have a lot…

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Young Innovations Announces Acquisition of American Eagle Instruments

Posted on May 03, 2017

Young Innovations Announces Acquisition of American Eagle Instruments, Inc. 

Algonquin, Illinois, USA May 3, 2017 – Young Innovations, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of dental supplies and equipment, today announced the acquisition of American Eagle Instruments, Inc. (“American Eagle”). American Eagle is a leading global manufacturer of dental hand instruments and related supplies based in Missoula, Montana, USA. 

“We are incredibly proud to partner with American Eagle,” said Dave Sproat, CEO of Young Innovations. “American Eagle has a distinguished legacy of manufacturing high quality products in the USA, and their brand is well known across the globe as a…

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If your hands could talk

Posted on March 28, 2017

If our hands could talk, do you think you would get reprimanded for abuse or neglect? Imagine this scenario…

     **Police sirens**

     Officer: “Do you know why I pulled you over today, Miss?”

     Hygienist: “No, was I speeding?”

     Officer: “No, you have been ignoring all the warnings your hands and wrists have      been giving you to take it easy. I’m going to have to write you a ticket. If you can’t      change your scaling technique, next time it will be carpal tunnel surgery and five  …

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Introducing the Pro Thin™ line of periodontal instruments

Posted on March 20, 2017

American Eagle Instruments is proud to announce the Pro Thin line, a new line of periodontal instruments. The line of 7 instruments features thinner blades and lighter handles, which provides the clinician with the best tools for periodontally inclined patients.

The line started with the popular M23 Thin scaler, and evolved into a complete set of instruments that includes thinner versions of the Blackjack scaler, Barnhart 5-6 curette, and Gracey Access instruments 1-2, 7-8, 13-14 and 15-16.

The Pro Thin line’s thinner blades are made possible because of American Eagle Instruments’ patented sharpen-free XP® Technology. This technology…

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HygienistPrep’s Top 5 Test Taking Tips for Dental Hygiene Students

Posted on September 06, 2016

As a Dental Hygiene student, it seems like every time you turn around there is another test or quiz waiting for you.  You have a lot on the line and put in a lot of hard work every day of the dental hygiene program.  HygienistPrep is one of the leading NBDHE prep programs and we know what works to pass a test! Make sure all of your studying pays off by following HygienistPrep’s Top 5 Tips for Test Taking: 

1. Slow Dow

We all get in a hurry to finish a big exam. I don’t know if it’s because we…

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Introducing the Boge 513™ Scaler

Posted on July 28, 2016

American Eagle Instruments, Inc. has launched the Boge 513 Scaler. The Boge 513 is a modified sickle/hoe scaler used to remove calculus in the dental prophylaxis process.  This instrument is double ended, and is available only in sharpen-free XP Technology from American Eagle Instruments. Due to the angulation of this instrument, it would be difficult to sharpen in-office, so producing it in sharpen-free XP is significantly beneficial to the clinician.

One end of the Boge 513 has an elongated shank and straight, slightly lipped cutting edge, which can easily remove tartar from areas where patients have fixed orthodontic wires…

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Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, and Southern Illinois University Students on a Mission

Posted on July 19, 2016


For the past 15 years, Sherri Lukes has been traveling to Central Mexico to provide preventive dental services to area villagers. Accompanied by Dental Hygiene students from Southern Illinois University, where Lukes was tenured faculty for 25 years, a team provides debridement, dental sealants and fluoride varnish applications for adults and children during a trip every summer. The number of patients served varies from year to year, according to number of students and additional faculty participating in the experience. In May of 2016, five SIU students and one faculty member participated in the trip hosted by…

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