Dental Unit Waterline Cleaning

Simply put, it’s the right thing to do for your patients and staff. The dental healthcare community agrees: To ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone in your office, it’s critical to focus on infection control through the use of dedicated products and protocols. Start by looking at dental water quality and waterlines.

While there have been no reported health problems associated with dental unit water quality, exposing patients or dental healthcare staff to potentially contaminated water goes against infection control principles established by the American Dental Association (ADA).

In the late 1990s, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) established quality standards for safe drinking water, with heterotrophic bacteria limits of <500 CFU per mL. New limits were also set for microbial counts in water used as a coolant or irrigant for nonsurgical dental procedures.

In subsequent years of dental unit waterline testing, research studies found microbial counts can be as high as 200,000 CFU/mL and levels of microbial contamination (in the form of biofilm) as high as 106 CFU/mL within five days after installation of new waterlines—underlining the importance of continual waterline cleaning.

Armed with this research, the ADA challenged the dental industry to produce protocols and systems that would reduce bacterial levels in dental treatment water to 200 CFU/mL. Long before this industry initiative, Anodia Systems was at the forefront of developing products and protocols such as Mint-A-Kleen to guard against waterline contamination—and continues to help dental offices meet industry standards.

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