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November 30, 2009
Nothing is more frustrating than receiving your replacement tubing and finding out you ordered the wrong size. Here is a quick guide to measuring tubing.
Vacuum tubing is normally measured by the inside diameter or “i.d.” as it attaches to fittings by sliding over them.
Vacuum tubing usually comes in these sizes:
Supply tubing is usually measured by the outside diameter or o.d. as it is secured with sleeves which go over the tubing (although the tubing will also go over barbs etc. first)
Tubing has an influence on the aesthetics of your operatory. Discolored or dirty tubing can make an otherwise spotless office look less than clean. Sometimes it is better to just pull the old stuff out and replace it. Your delivery unit will look great with the fresh tubing connected to the vacuum valves and handpieces. Tubing comes in several colors to match today’s dental units.
Are you having trouble getting that tubing to slide onto that barb, canister outlet, or other fitting? Try some liquid soap on the tubing or fitting to lubricate it, or try dipping the tubing into hot water (about the same temperature as a cup of hot coffee).
Have you ever noticed on “multiple-line” tubing such as 4-hole foot control tubing- has lines that may need to be cut different lengths to install correctly on the barbs in the foot control, handpiece connector, block, etc.? Always make sure to buy a little extra. It is much easier to cut off what you do not need- than to not have enough.
This can be confusing but with answers to a couple of quick questions, you will be able to pick out the correct tubing.
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This section borrows heavily from the book, "Dr., Did You Check the Breaker Too?" by American Dental Publishing.In “small-bore” dental unit waterlines, biofilm can become a problem. Biofilm is caused when bacteria form on surfaces that are in contact with water for extended periods. Dental unit waterlines are a great breeding ground for these bacteria and they can grow very quickly.
The ADA has set a standard of no more than 200 CFU (colony-forming units) per milliliter of mesophilic hetrophobic bacteria coming from your waterlines.
Here are some quick suggestions to help deal with biofilm in your waterlines:
At the beginning of your day, run your lines for several minutes to expel excess biofilm, it is recommended to do this between patients as well for about 20-30 seconds to prevent cross contamination:
There are many types of waterline cleaners from which to choose. American Dental carries two different types: Sterilex Ultra Waterline Cleaner, which is a “once-a-week” system, and BluTab Waterline Cleaner, which you add to your water bottle each time you refill it.
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