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The Next Domino to Fall in Waterline Regulation

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The Next Domino to Fall in Waterline Regulation

The regulatory landscape is changing with regard to dental waterline treatment. In the last two years, California and now Washington State have introduced measures that seek to standardize some level of water quality expectations on dental clinics. While these measures are not yet law, legislators and rule makers are moving to that end.

In this installment of the Sterisil Waterline Blog, we look at the newly introduced language in Washington State, it’s implications for clincians in Washington, and how the ripple effect may potentially spread to other states around the United States.

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The Water Quality Conundrum

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The Water Quality Conundrum

Water quality is a relative assessment. It can be hard to say with confidence, “my water is clean enough.” A lot of clinicians just assume their water quality meets some unknown standard of quality and have no inclination on how to verify their water quality is up to par. Water quality exists on a spectrum and depending on what kind of procedure is being performed, your water quality may not be up to snuff.

In this installment of the Sterisil Waterline Blog, we examine water quality and it’s relationship to various procedures in dentistry.

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Dental Amalgam - EPA Rule by Confusion

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Dental Amalgam - EPA Rule by Confusion

In June of 2017, the EPA published a long awaited final ruling aimed at the mitigation of mercury amalgam discharge by dental practices. The ruling’s language, while clear in it’s scope and purpose, soon became mired in controversy over the execution of one of it required compliance measures.

Not long after the ruling was published, EPA published several clarifications, which in some people’s view, undermined the very purpose of the ruling itself. In this installment of the Sterisil Waterline Blog, we dig deeper into the controversy and try to make sense of what has become a very confusing and hotly debated topic in dental waterline treatment.

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California: The Forefront of Dental Waterline Regulations

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California: The Forefront of Dental Waterline Regulations

Regulations and attitudes surrounding dental unit water quality are changing. The state of California has passed AB-1277 and SB-1491 which went into effect on the 1st of the new year. The bills are part of a concerted effort by state legislators to shore up deficiencies in infection control standards that may have contributed to the Orange County mycobacterium outbreak in 2016.

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Ultraviolet Dental Waterline Disinfectants - A Dental Healthcare Providers Guide

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Ultraviolet Dental Waterline Disinfectants - A Dental Healthcare Providers Guide

Ultraviolet (UV) disinfectants are another powerful tool in the quest to eliminate dental waterline pathogens. In this piece we try to give some perspective on how UV technology gained prominence in the medical field, what grade of UV light you should be looking at for your practice, and how dental health professionals can leverage them for better infection control in the dental water

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Municipal Tap Water

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Municipal Tap Water

The independent bottle reservoir was a significant evolution in dental unit technology. Their implementation provided dentists the ability to bypass the municipal supply and control dental water microbes with disinfectants. So why would you want to put tap water in that bottle? In this discussion, we'll give you some good reasons to think about using distilled water.  

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EPA Labels

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EPA Labels

This article covers the importance of EPA labels and what they mean to dental professionals. If you're wondering about whether or not you are following the right protocol this article will shed some light on the subject. 

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The Bacteria Problem

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The Bacteria Problem

Have you ever found yourself sitting in the dentist’s chair thinking “that’s a lot of hoses”?  Do you know how “clean” the water is coming out of the faucet and handpieces? If you find yourself asking these questions you’re not alone. In this entry we'll dig into detal waterlines and how concern you should be about their cleanliness. 

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Welcome!

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Welcome!

Your Source for Dental Water News

Do you sometimes feel there are massive amounts of rules and restrictions when it comes to maintaining your dental unit water lines? Maybe you're just looking for some general guidance in properly providing water to your dental facility.  

Here at Sterisil, we have noticed the difficulty of getting clear and concise information about the latest news and guidelines in the dental water treatment world.  As leaders in the dental water treatment industry, we'll be discussing the latest news, tips and general information on keeping your dental water in compliance.

 
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