Ask the Editors
Our waterlines seem to be clogging much more than usual. What is the proper maintenance protocol to be sure we don’t have clogged lines during patient care? Is there something we should be checking daily or weekly?
Water quality is a big issue in dentistry. What is most likely clogging your waterline system is the accumulation of biofilm. A major problem is not following the instructions-for-use and maintenance of the water treatment system. Some systems require periodic shocking of the waterlines, while others require specific source water. Our advice is that you have a complete understanding of your treatment process and equipment used in your office.