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Dental Unit Waterlines

  • Glenn CanaresEmail author
  • Devon Allison
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Abstract

Dental unit waterlines, or DUWLs, are narrow-bore plastic tubing that carries water to dental equipment. Dental unit waterlines can be colonized by bacteria on the inside of the tubing, resulting in a biofilm. These biofilms can become a waterborne infection and be transferred to patients and can result in major public health disease problems. There are multiple treatment options to control the biofilms and monitoring systems to ensure that regulatory standards are met. Safety and standard levels for dental unit waterlines have been set by the governing infection control agencies around the world.

Keywords

Dental unit waterlines infection control biofilm nosocomial pathogens 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric DentistrySchool of Dentistry, University of MarylandBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Microbial PathogenesisSchool of Dentistry, University of MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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