Michelle Aube Simmonds
Michelle Aube Simmonds, RDH
Debunking the myths of dental unit waterlines (DUWL) with an evidence-based approach continues to be a hot topic. Dental experts in Canada have been discussing DUWL and biofilms as the main issue since the mid-1980s, alerting dental offices about the need for a complete system to include cleaning, disinfecting and testing. Dental offices present with either or both a municipal water delivery system or closed bottle.
This session will discuss why only an enzymatic cleaner qualifies as an actual cleaning agent and will compare the properties and use of a bacteriostatic tablet to an enzymatic cleaner. Participants will investigate label claims for DUWL disinfectants to determine if are they truly a disinfectant or just a cleaner. They will also learn about testing and why it has to be performed as well as the three steps of clean, shock and test and the responsibility of the dental office to implement a system.
- Update clinicians on scientific studies concerning biofilms in dental unit waterlines and the risk management approach for reducing health risks.
- Compare testing systems to differentiate between a CFU (colony forming unit) test and a hygienic monitory test.
- Dispel myths on DUWL and arm dental hygienists with knowledge and confidence to make decisions based on evidence-based research.
- Session handout will be provided.