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Biofilm as a Problem

Dental chairs contain an intricate network of interconnected narrow-bore flexible plastic waterlines that provide water to irrigate tooth surfaces and open wounds during dental procedures. This water is also used to provide cooling to dental instruments during use including turbine and conventional hand-pieces and ultrasonic scalers, as heat generated during instrument use can be injurious to teeth and gums. Water supplied to dental chairs can be provided directly from a mains supply or from bottles on the dental chair which are refilled as necessary.

Many studies have shown that dental chair output water is frequently heavily contaminated with microorganisms. This contamination results from the growth and development of microbial biofilms on the internal surfaces of dental waterlines.

These biofilms are formed mainly by microorganisms arriving in low numbers in supply water, such as mains or bottle water, which then adhere to the internal surface of the waterlines and form a biofilm. Planktonic microbes, seeded from the biofilm and by-products, including bacterial endotoxins are aerosolised by instruments such as ultrasonic scalers and hand-pieces, thus exposing patients and staff to harmful microorganisms, biofilm fragments and bacterial endotoxins

About Dentaqua

Dentaqua is passionate about protecting people from microbiological infection. We develop and manufacture the world’s most advanced devices for the in-situ production of hypochlorous acid plus short-lived reactive oxygen species. Dentaqua’s unique disinfectant is highly effective at very low concentrations and contact times, yet is a non-toxic and eco-friendly solution. With the only precursors being water and a proprietary salt additive, at the touch of a button, our technology produces all of your general disinfectant, environmental decontamination and water-related disinfection needs.

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