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The Instruments You Need
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Three instruments are really enough:
|1. A wooden tongue blade to hold back the cheek, lips, and tongue.|
|2. A small mirror to let you look more closely at a tooth and the gums around it.|
|3. A sharp probe to feel for cavities and to check for tartar under the gum.|
If you have many people to examine, it is helpful to have more than one of each instrument. But be sure they are clean.
Dirty instruments easily can pass infection from one person to another. After you finish an examination, clean your instruments in soap and water and then leave them in a germ-killing solution.