We’re not advocating that you practice home dentistry — though we recommend good dental hygiene, of course — but you’ll easily find uses for dental tools around the shop. As a lifelong home renovator, I’ve used my old flea-market-find dental tools for scraping the last bit of paint from the details in stripped woodwork, removing a century of crud from various corners and crevices, cleaning out clogged gas burners, and picking out little stuck things from places I can’t reach with any other tool.
If you don’t want to hit the flea market, dental tools are easy to find, both individually and in kits. Kits generally include an assortment of picks, spatulas, carvers, scrapers, probes, and specialty tweezers. The Dr. Klick’s Kit (pictured) comes from the Duluth Trading Company and includes seven stainless-steel picks and four stainless steel tweezers, all in a zippered 9.5″ x 6.5″ case for $30.
Dental tools have more possible uses than I can possibly list here, and you really should own some. Maybe those of you who do could help me enlighten the rest: what do you do with yours?
Dr. Klick’s Kit [Duluth Trading Company]