“Dental unit waterlines are known as notorious breeding grounds for bacteria, which can form into huge, persistent colonies of sticky biofilm. But traditionally, waterline filters can be tricky to install, burdensome to maintain, and inconvenient to change,” said Jennifer Naylor, executive vice president at Hu-Friedy. “We set out to create a product that will help keep waterlines clean while requiring minimal effort from staff.”
The Hu-Friedy Waterline Filter is registered by the EPA in all 50 states as a microbial agent for use in dental unit waterlines attached to dynamic dental instruments. According to the company, it reduces contamination and odor-causing bacteria to 200 CFU/mL or less—a standard that exceeds the CDC recommended level of 500 CFU/mL. In addition, the filter is designed to provide ongoing, consistent, and accurate dosing to inhibit microbial contamination for up to a year.
The ready-to-use cartridge can be installed in 5 minutes, according to the company, and requires no daily, weekly, or monthly maintenance. Its universal design means it is suitable for both municipal waterlines and independent water reservoirs. The filter does not contain silver or other hazardous materials and is non-corrosive, making disposal quick and easy.
The Hu-Friedy Waterline Filter is the latest addition to the company’s family of waterline solutions, which includes VistaTab™ for periodic cleaning, the VistaClean™ daily irritant for protecting waterlines from deposits and scale, and Team Vista™ which provides the complete system.