Enhanced visualization using magnification systems

J Dent Hyg. 1997 Fall;71(5):202-6.


The purpose of this paper is to discuss the rationale for, practice benefits of, and criteria for selecting a magnification system in dental hygiene practice. Since dental hygiene procedures require seeing the finest of detail, visual acuity is essential to providing quality patient care. Magnifying loupes are a viable solution; the physical benefits include visual assistance for presbyopic dental hygienists and enhanced musculoskeletal health for all clinicians. Clinical benefits may include improved hard- and-soft tissue evaluation, calculus and periodontal pocket detection, and radiographic interpretation without compromising infection control. Head-band or protective-glass mounted, binocular surgical loupes with flip-up capability and 2 to 2.6x magnification are recommended. Although the initial investment for them is somewhat costly, the long-term returns are enhanced quality and comfort. Dental hygienists are encouraged to use magnification systems to enhance their musculoskeletal health, improve visual acuity, and continue providing quality patient care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dental Care / instrumentation*
  • Dental Care / methods
  • Dental Care / standards
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Equipment Design
  • Ergonomics
  • Humans
  • Lenses*
  • Oral Hygiene