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Infection Control

Water Line Disinfection

One of the problems encountered with dental units has to do with the fine water lines the instruments use (drill, air/water syringe, etc). With the very small inner diameter of these water lines, bacteria can build inside them and eventually break free only to end up in a patient’s mouth. As this has become a significant issue in dentistry, multiple ways of dealing with this have been developed. When Dr. Schau set up the office he picked dental units from Sirona that have a self-sanitizing feature (to our knowledge, the only dental unit on the market with this feature). On a continual basis, a low-level disinfectant (peroxide based and safe for the patient) is run through the lines to keep them bacteria free. On a monthly basis, all the lines get an added 24 hour flush with a full-strength dose of disinfectant to ensure the lines stay bacteria free with no biofilm. Just another way My Family Dentist has your best interests at heart.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of our infection control procedures, please feel free to talk to any of our staff, or to Kym directly, as she is the individual in charge of overseeing our infection control measures.