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Category Archives: New Products

  • Paint That Kills With a Purpose

    New Sherwin Williams Paint

    A fusion of infection control and design in your dental office. Who would have thought? Sherwin-Williams debuted a new line of paint at the Cleveland Clinic's 2015 Medical Innovation Summit in Ohio recently. It is called Paint Shield™ and it kills infection-causing bacteria within two hours of coming in contact with non-porous surfaces (ie: walls, doors, & ceilings).

    The paint contains a compound called Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride, which kills 99.9% of MRSA, Staph, E. Coli, VRE, and enterobacter aerogenes. This will be beneficial for all kinds of medical facilities, including dental offices. It is registered with the EPA and is the first of its kind. With proper maintenance, the paint's infection control properties can last up to 4 years.

    It will be available early next year, with 590 colors to choose from. For more information, see the full post here.

  • Practice Tips #78: Spring Clean Your Water System

    Water is a crucial resource to dentistry. As March comes to an end and World Water Day (March 22nd) has been celebrated, we wanted to give you some dental practice tips for maintaining your self-contained water systems, as well as introduce you to a product to assist in making sure your water is clean for your patients.

    We are now offering the whole DentaPure line to customers. Some of these products have an in-line filter that connects into your water bottles. They will safely & continuously release iodine into your water lines to help provide clean, safe dental water. The ADA helps explain more about maintaining your dental unit waterlines further here.

    If you need help installing a self-contained water system, we created a video back in Practice Tips #55 to assist you in doing so.

    The DentaPure cartridges (#49-300 & #49-301) are designed to be used only in water bottle systems. Make sure to store them at room temperature, out of the sunlight, & do not use heated water as it will promote the growth of bacteria. Wear gloves & safety glasses when installing.

    Before beginning the installation and to obtain maximum bacterial reduction, dental unit waterlines should be cleaned with an approved cleaner before installation (#30-627 or #49-21).

    1. Turn unit off & relieve air pressure within the bottle (we are using the #49-18 system in the demo) before or when removing the bottle.
    2. Place the bottle next to the tube to check the length of existing internal waterline. The tube should extend the length of the bottle, almost touching the bottom of the bottle.
    3. Attach DentaPure's enclosed luer lock adapter to the top of the DentaPure tube & place it next to the water pick up line to accurately determine where to cut the waterline.
    4. Push the DentaPure tube onto the remainder of the waterline, making sure the tube will be slightly above the bottom of the bottle.
    5. Fill the water bottle as usual, re-install the bottle and purge the lines.  NOTE: discoloration of tubing from blue to green or black is normal. The discoloration of tube or water is caused by release of activated carbon. Continue the water flow until the water runs clear.

    Keep in mind these guidelines:

    • The DentaPure cartridge is meant to be used only in dental water bottle systems.
    • The water bottle must be emptied every night & replaced on the manifold after wiping down the outside of the DentaPure tube & making sure that the intake end is not obstructed.
    • Flush the waterlines every morning & in-between patients, as recommended by the CDC and ADA.
    • The DentaPure tube must be changed after the prescribed water usage (amount is depicted on the specific item purchased: 60-day or 365-day) or if the records of usage are not kept. Use the iodine sensitive test strips to verify the performance.
    • For disposal, wrap the tube tightly in newspaper & dispose of in trash.
  • Unintended Dental Exam Glove Durability Test

    Often times, we find out about the durability of our products in strange ways.

    I like to wear our dental exam gloves while I am doing Air Techniques Peri Pro Transport Rack refurbishing.  The film transports sit in chemicals and I wear the latex free gloves so that I am not in direct contact with the chemical residue left on the racks.

    One day, as I was working on a transport, I realized I needed a tool that I did not have with me.  Upon entering the room where the tool was, my glove got caught on a screw on the door.  The glove stretched about 3 feet before I had realized I was caught and then suddenly the glove came snapping back.

    While that experience woke me up, I realized upon looking at the nitrile glove that it had not ripped a hole where it had been caught on the screw.  Pretty durable if you ask me.

    If you’d like to try a free sample of our dental exam gloves, please call one of our friendly representatives at 800-331-7993 and choose from any the styles we are offering.

    Wayne Diercks

    Technical Support and Repairs