Summary: Make sure your clients are only taking home a clean mouth and a fresh smile.
Scheduled water testing should be included in scheduling for maintaining acceptable health and safety standards in organizations. While we pay close attention to cleanliness and hygiene, we neglect to test the very water we are using to maintain these standards. If your water is contaminated, you are actually causing greater harm spreading the contaminates. E.coli and other organisms can cause illness and fatalities.
You can only clean and cleanse if the water itself is safe to do so. Dental facilities are no exception. A dental facility is expected to maintain a very high level of cleanliness. They also use an exceptional amount of water daily during their dental inspections and procedures.
Microorganisms in your Water
In 2016, over 30 children contacted bacterial infections after visiting their local California dentist. The infection was traced back to a contaminated water. What was supposed to be a routine pulpotomy resulted with longtime infection, swelling and in some cases the removal of additional teeth. Because it was a pulpotomy, the contaminated water was more difficult to simply wash away and the microorganisms in the water were able to stay in the recessed parts of their mouths and flourish. Without routine preventative measures and testing, it becomes easy to see how an issue such as this can arise. It is also easy to see how it can be avoided.
Heavy Metals in Water
Metals such as lead, chromium and arsenic are naturally occurring elements in the earth. They are present in small amounts in our environment and water. Sudden changes to water levels can result in a higher concentration of these elements. Higher then recommended levels of heavy metals will quickly change their amounts from acceptable to toxic. A toxic dose of these metals can be fatal. In most cases, severe illness results from consuming a high concentration of heavy metals. A study of the high levels of arsenic in the Bangladesh population has shown links to oral cancers due to contaminated water.
Fluoride in your Water
Fluoride at the dentist is considered useful and beneficial. Regulated amounts of fluoride are used to aid in preventing tooth decay and maintaining good oral health. However, larger then acceptable amounts of fluoride have been linked to discoloration in your teeth. As dentists use fluoride as part of their oral practice, they must ensure that higher then acceptable amounts of this contaminant are not also present in their water. The combination can result with less then desirable affects on their patients.
When it comes to water, it is the unseen that can hurt you. A dental office needs to ensure that they have procedures in place to ensure that their water supply is free from harmful contaminates and toxins. At AquaKnow, we know water. We know the benefits of a good working well and regular water testing. If you are a dentist, contact us about water testing today.