Stay Sharp! How to Maintain Your Edge

This webinar has been postponed until further notice. There has been an unforeseen delay in the delivery of the equipment needed for the live demo portion. We will announce the new date as soon as soon as we can. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Please Note: If you are not able to attend the live webinar session due to the scheduled time, no problem! All registered participants will receive a link to the recording, along with Dr. Joy’s contact information for any questions. 

Course Description (Lecture and Live Demonstration) 

We can all agree it is important to maintain sharp instruments. After all, sharp instruments reduce ergonomic risk, save time and money, and accomplish calculus removal with preciseness. But why does sharpening have to be so hard? It doesn’t! This course will help the dental health care practitioner achieve and maintain consistent levels of sharpness by re-examining the science behind sharpening and reviewing basic sharpening concepts. A discussion on when to sharpen dental instruments will be had along with an analysis of various sharpening options. The course will conclude with a comparison of popular stainless-steel instruments on the market and a discussion about sharpen-free instruments along with a live demonstration of sharpening techniques.

Learning Objectives:

- Discuss the science behind sharpening periodontal scalers and curets
- Realize the consequences of using dull instruments
- Explore various sharpening options
- Compare and contrast widely used stainless-steel instruments
- Consider the advantages sharpen-free instruments



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. Dr. Joy received her doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University.


This webinar is being provided in co-sponsorship with Dental Toaster and is valid for 1.5 CEU. Dental Toaster is a nationally approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. Provider ID#383988