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FAQ - Dental Unit Waterlines - 2014
 FAQ -  Dental Unit Waterlines  -  2014

 

 

Can you use 1 oz of 6% hydrogen peroxide mix with water in the water bottles on the dental units to be effective for use on patients.

The 2003 CDC guidelines for infection control in dentistry states as follows:

Dentists should consult with the manufacturer of their dental unit or water delivery system to determine the best method for maintaining acceptable water quality (i.e., <500 CFU/mL) and the recommended frequency of monitoring. Monitoring of dental water quality can be performed by using commercial self contained test kits or commercial water-testing laboratories. Because methods used to treat dental water systems target the entire biofilm, no rationale exists for routine testing for such specific organisms as Legionella or Pseudomonas, except when investigating a suspected waterborne disease outbreak (244). 1

If you have further questions regarding what products to use in conjunction with your dental unit, it is recommended that you contact the manufacturer of your dental unit directly for further information. Failure to comply with the manufacturer’s instructions for use (IFU) and specifications regarding the dental unit operation and maintenance can potentially result in the dental unit’s warranty being voided.

Resources

1)     Kohn WG, Collins AS, Cleveland JL, Harte JA, Eklund KJ, Malvitz DM, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Guidelines for infection control in dental health-care settings—2003. MMWR Recomm Rep 2003;52(RR-17):1-61. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5217a1.htm    Accessed on November 2, 2014.

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