In the aftermath of large and serious outbreaks in Orange County, CA and Atlanta, GA directly relating to dental unit waterlines, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission on the Washington State Department of Health has looked to create clear regulations for water safety in the dental office.
Updated October 2020
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have maintained virtually the same guidelines for dental infection control since 2003 on dental unit water quality. To help ensure the best dental practices rise to the top, most state dental boards have adopted specific language[...]
While March seems like a different lifetime, the impact of COVID-19 dental office shutdowns remains heavy on our day-to-day work in the dental industry. And though many of us have adapted to some new state of "normal", infection prevention in dentistry is not the same.
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Over the last few years, there has not been a hotter topic in dentistry infection control than waterline maintenance. With tragic infection outbreaks in Atlanta, Georgia and Anaheim, California impacting at least 91 healthy children displayed across headlines via CNN, NPR, Good Morning America,[...]
There has been a lot of confusion surrounding California's recent legislation concerning dental water. This post is going to clear that up once and for all.
(Updated June 19, 2019)
In 2016, a dental unit waterline contamination at a pediatric practice in Anaheim, California led to mycobacterium abscessus infections in at least 71 children.
If you haven't read the new OSAP white paper and recommendations on Dental Unit Water Quality, you’ve probably heard about it.