Spring is a time of new beginnings; days last longer, flowers start to bloom, and the leaves on the trees begin turning green. This new season also springs into action cleaning – referred to as Spring Cleaning.
“It is traditional to clean the house thoroughly either right before or during the first week of Great Lent, referred to as Clean Week. April 1st also corresponds with the Julian New Year.” (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_cleaning)
Dental practices perform spring cleaning of the operatories every day no matter the season; thoroughly cleaning surfaces, instruments, and equipment. Primarily since the pandemic, stricter infection control protocols and guidelines have been implemented.
But what about the suction lines? Are they part of your cleaning and disinfecting procedures? If you haven’t implemented a daily cleaning routine for the evacuation lines, you may experience low suction, resulting in lower aerosol removal. Dental aerosols are generated when dental instruments are used during treatment, i.e., turbines or ultrasonic scalers. They can spread up to 6.6 feet and remain in the air for hours. These aerosols can contain harmful pathogens and could put you and your patients at risk. Using HVEs with a large opening, like Air Techniques HVE Air Protect XL Plus, remove 98% of aerosols1. However, for your HVE to effectively mitigate aerosols, the evacuation lines must be free of debris and build-up.
To ensure optimal suction performance and aerosol mitigation with your HVE, “spring clean” your evacuation lines with Monarch CleanStream. When CleanStream is used in tandem with the CleanStream Dispenser, integrated Vortex technology creates a mixture of air and liquid—atomizing the solution through the lines and cleaning the entire inner tubing walls. Atomizing the cleaning solution through the lines means less stress on the vacuum pump leading to a longer life than using a bucket. When holding the hoses into a bucket, the cleaner shoots through the lines with a speed of 30-40 mph, hitting the impeller of the vacuum, which could cause premature failure of your equipment.
It’s time, to begin with, a new cleaning routine for your suction lines, and as a reward, we’re offering a $10 Starbuck gift card for every $200 in CleanStream purchases until June 30th, 2021. Click here for details.
1 “Aerosol Reduction by means of an intraoral spray mist suction – first findings from an experimental pilot study”; Dr. Martin Koch, Duerr Dental