Making Dental Offices Smile

Posted on February 4, 2016
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Dental practices need a reliable source of clean, filtered drinking water for delivering great care. Traditionally, dental offices have had only two choices for accessing high-purity water: water delivery or on-site distillation, neither of which are convenient or economical. However, Quench offers a convenient and cost-effective alternative – bottleless water coolers and deionization purification technology.

Autoclave Water Requirements

When water with impurities and contaminants is used in autoclaves, dissolved minerals and salts are left behind in the steam generator, pipes, and valves, clogging the pipes and decreasing the efficiency, functionality, and ultimately, the lifespan of the autoclave. To help prolong the life of expensive autoclaves, many dental offices and labs opt to use high-purity water.

Rinse Water Considerations

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommend dental offices to keep a separate water reservoir for the dental chair, independent from public water supplies, or a dental water unit. A dental water unit allows dentists and staff to have better control over the quality of water used in patient care, and prevents any dental care interruptions during local “boil water” notices.

In 1995, an ADA panel on dental water units recommended that water used during nonsurgical dental treatment contain less than 200 colony-forming units per milliliter (cfu/ml) of bacteria at any given time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that water used in nonsurgical treatment meet the drinking water standards for bacterial contamination by containing no more than 500 cfu/ml of bacteria and that sterile water be used during oral surgical procedures. To comply with both of these recommendations, many dental offices will opt to use high-purity water in their dental water units.

High-Purity Water is Expensive

Traditionally dental offices used distilled water for both their dental water units as well as their autoclaves. Some dental offices would have bottled distilled water delivered to the office, a very expensive practice. Water delivery is often 2,000 times as expensive as tap water. Other dental offices opted to purchase on-site water distillers.

While on-site water distillers are more cost-effective than water delivery, they can add considerably to the electric bill. On average, it takes about 3 kilowatt hours to distill one gallon of water, adding $0.36 to the electric bill for every gallon of distilled water used.

Quench Offers an Economical Alternative for Dental Offices

A more cost-effective and convenient alternative to water delivery and on-site distillation is on-site deionization and water filtration. Deionization is a chemical process that uses ion-exchange resins to chemically remove sodium, iron, chlorides, and sulfates from the dental office’s building’s water.

The process is quick and does not require additional electricity. Pairing deionization with reverse osmosis filtration removes all dissolved solids from water, creating ultra-pure water. The Quench 250 Water Deionization System applies several stages of filtration to the existing water source in a dental office to deliver an on-demand supply of ultra-pure water. The Quench 250 Deionization System includes a gooseneck spigot which makes filling dental water units easy.

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