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Optimal Dental-Unit Water-Line Care: Reducing the Risks

June 25, 2019

Commercial Supporter:


  • Discuss the CDC and EPA standards for dental-unit water-line systems. 
  • Identify a process that fits the needs of a dental practice.
  • Create a water-line maintenance protocol that includes regular monitoring.


Dental-unit water lines (DUWLs) can be a breeding ground for infection-causing biofilm, so cleaning, maintaining, and monitoring equipment used during dental procedures is imperative.
This article explains the problem of contaminated DUWLs and describes infection control measures. Testing protocol is outlined and specific treatments are depicted.

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