Some of my patients have recently asked questions about bacterial contamination in dental waterlines, and I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with some facts on the subject.
Biofilm is a thin layer of microorganism that accumulates in common devices used to transport water, such as shower heads, faucets, soda fountains and others.
Just as biofilm exists in the plumbing in your home or office, it also is present in the waterlines of the dental office that connect the high-speed handpiece (drills), air/water syringe, and ultrasonic scaler to the water supply. However, or office utilizes and maintains the best current technology to manage water quality and will continue to update our equipment and protocol as new information becomes available.
We are committed to the safety and well-being of our patients. As new products become available and new research provides us with better ways to practice oral healthcare, we will continue to improve the quality of care in this office.
If you have concerns about any aspect of this practice and the infection control procedures we are following on your behalf, please talk to me. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
(Signed by the Dentist)