Dental care professionals should be aware that biofilms will run rampant in waterlines if given half the chance, and that they must be managed and eliminated as part of an effective infection control regimen.
‘Cleaning’ a dental chair waterline normally only involves a 1- or 2-stage disinfection process to achieve the objective of alignment with ‘best practice’ advice, as detailed within HTM 01-05 (2013) (section 6.79).
However, achieving this objective can be very difficult for 2 principle reasons:
- The inability to physically reach and use an abrasive action (scrubbing) inside the waterline
- The bacteria in biofilm are very resilient to standard cleaning products.
Thus, your waterline cleaner needs not only to kill off bacteria (disinfection) – aka a ‘reactive’ process – but also, crucially, penetrate the slimy surfaces of a biofilm with a ‘shock treatment’ and remove it to achieve zero bacterial load (0 cfu/ml) – aka a ‘proactive’ process. Most branded dental waterline cleaners can only achieve a reactive disinfection process and need a separate ‘shock’ treatment (requiring a separate product) to penetrate and remove biofilms.
Whilst efficacy of the various active ingredients can vary widely, often their concentrations must be limited because of the human impact risks (toxicity, etc.) they pose to the dental team. These risks require the implementation of special handling procedures, such as the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), like goggles and gloves, in line with Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Safe and effective
These issues can be eradicated, whilst ensuring complete efficacy, by using the active ingredient, ‘Hypochlorous’ (HOCl), which is found in CleanCert+. CleanCert+ has been independently proven (including via peer review) to kill pathogens and remove the resilient biofilms that can accumulate in water lines, as well as requiring no special handling procedures or dispensing processes in terms of MSDS (COSHH).
With CleanCert+ meeting all of the practice’s health and safety needs, achieving the gold standard of a zero bacterial load reading (0 cfu/ml), far beyond the expectations of section 6.79 of HTM 01-05 (2013), from one bottle, why wouldn’t you want to switch?