This event occurred in a southern California pediatric dental office. Here’s a link to the story on CNN.
At our office, we have taken steps since the beginning of our practice to prevent this type of situation. One of these steps is that the dental chairs used in our dental operatories have an enclosed water system. None of the water used during treatment comes from a conventional water line.
The system starts with a water bottle that is filled with distilled water. Then the bottle gets an antibacterial tablet that helps reduce any bacteria from the air that may try to grow. Additionally, when selecting the dental chairs for our office, we chose one based on it not having any 90 degree elbows between the water bottle and the air/water tips or the hand pieces we use. This eliminates water retention in the junction where it can become stagnant and allow bacteria to grow. All of these steps aid us in keeping the water as healthy as possible for use during your dental treatment.
The event in California might make you wonder how clean the water is at your dental office. However, here at the dental office of Steve Childress II, we take the health of your water very seriously.