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Infection Control

As a member of OSAP (Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures), infection control is a priority at our office. We are committed to the utmost standards in infection control. As a health care provider, we believe high infection control standards are the expectation of our patients. We test our waterline monthly, as well as, our autoclave sterilizer to ensure your safety. All instruments and treatment rooms are cleaned thoroughly with safe chemicals, sterilization or throw-away disposal, at the completion of each treatment. We take pride in a spotless office and welcome our patients to tour our office anytime.

The Solution

So can anything be done about this problem? A recent innovation called the Waterclave has brought this problem to rest. The Waterclave simply takes the city water; sterilizes it with high heat, then returns it to room temperature, for treatment on demand via a dedicated waterline connecting all dental units to the Waterclave. The environment of this dedicated dental waterline is a constant 0cfu’s/ml, cleaner than the water we drink. The Waterclave process (which is patented and FDA cleared), has no chemical or metal additives to maintain the continuous high purity, while all other dental water treatment companies employ one or both of these additives. Our office takes pride in the fact we were the third dental office in the country to provide this innovative technology in 2001 and are committed to the infection control of these waterlines by testing them monthly. The Waterclave is also recognized and is in use at the Southern Illinois School of Dental Medicine in Alton IL. Click the link below to learn more about Waterclave

The Problem

Ever wonder about the quality of water in the dentist’s waterline? If you are like most people, probably not. After all, the dentist office is a sterilized facility practicing infection control daily! Surely the water supply is clean as well? Think again. Recent studies suggest that the quality of water in most dental offices is teeming with bacteria (source: Journal of American Dental Association, October, 2000). How could this be? Doesn’t the dentist office practice stringent infection control measures? Yes, but the problem lies in an area that your dentist can’t clean out — the water line itself. As water travels through the lines, the low flow and on and off stagnation, accumulates a film on the tubing walls. This film becomes a breeding ground for bacteria to multiply. As the bacteria thickens and the bacterial numbers increase within these waterlines, portions of the bacteria and film break off contaminating water delivered to the patient’s mouth. So how much bacteria is found in this water? A bacterium is measured in colony-forming units per milliliter (cfus/ml). The safe drinking water act was created by congress to set a standard of how much bacteria can be present in public water and that is no more than 500 cfu’s/ml. By comparison, dental water lines that are not treated often exceed 10,000 cfu’s/ml and 1000 cfu’s/ml are commonplace. (source: Journal of American Dental Association, October 2000).

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