When you invest in a new car, you want to make sure that you protect its long-term performance and health with regular servicing and maintenance when required.
The role of maintenance is just as important when it comes to the health of your dental equipment. Especially when it comes to maintaining your water lines which can affect the health of your patients, dental team and your equipment.
Factors including small-diameter waterlines, low flow rates, periods of stagnation, and in some older equipment even occasional backward contamination from the patient to the delivery system can all contribute to microbial contamination. When waterlines are not treated regularly and effectively, this can expose you, your dental team, and your patients to adverse health effects.
Dental practitioners have a duty of care and this includes ensuring their equipment is safe to use for every patient. Water lines should include a bacterial count of <100 - <500 CFU/ML depending on local regulations.
Studies published in dental journals highlight that the level of contamination can vary depending on the water source used at a dental surgery and the frequency of water disinfection. The results of studies place a strong emphasis on the use of cleaner water sources and routine waterline treatment.
For many dentists, having a rigorous treatment routine and the use of chemical-based water treatment products is a great way to disinfect and maintain the quality of the water output. However, this can have a negative effect on the health of your equipment especially when products which haven’t been manufacture approved are used.
It may seem like an impossible task— trying to main a high level of water quality and maintaining the health of your dental equipment.
ICX and ICX Renew
A-dec’s infection control products, ICX tablets and ICX Renew work together to prevent the accumulation of foul odour and bacteria within your dental unit waterlines helping protect your dental team and patients.
ICX waterline treatment tablets work by dissolving inside a self-contained water bottle and preventing the build-up of bacteria and the need for frequent shock treatments as the ingredients remain active for up to two weeks. Without the need for mixing and measuring ICX water treatment tablets are a firm favourite with dental teams across the globe.
With any waterline maintenance routine, it is important to regularly test the quality of water from your dental unit. If the quality of your water exceeds your target water quality level, a dental unit waterline shock treatment product should be used. ICX Renew is a fast-acting shock treatment solution specially designed for dental equipment and extensively tested by A-dec. ICX Renew will penetrate and remove the build-up of odour and foul-tasting microbial contamination bacteria and biofilm.
The ingredients in ICX and ICX Renew have been custom formulated by A-dec especially for dental equipment. ICX Renew effectively eliminates microbial growth but is still gentle on equipment removing the risk of corrosion or clogs in the waterlines.
With A-dec’s ICX waterline treatment products, you can achieve peace of mind knowing that you won’t have to compromise on the quality of water output or the long term health of your equipment.
Find out more about how you can effectively treat your dental unit waterlines by contacting your local A-dec Territory Manager.
Nick Olive +971 (0)585931983 firstname.lastname@example.org.