Dentaqua releases eco-friendly complete dental disinfection system
LONDON, UK: Dentaqua (UK) has recently announced the release of its advanced DW-8 system. The counter-top device produces superoxidated hypochlorous acid, an all-natural non-toxic disinfectant that destroys all known microbes, including stubborn biofilm. This system offers a higher disinfectant standard, while saving dental practices in excess of £500 (€578) per dental surgery annually.
Dentaqua allows dental practices to produce their own low-cost disinfectant, thereby eliminating the need for traditional chemical disinfectants. It can be applied in various areas of the clinic and can be used for surface disinfection, environmental fogging, dental impression disinfection and dental waterline disinfection. By making their own disinfectant, dentists can avoid procurement issues and stock shortages.
With each Dentaqua system, dental professionals receive a complimentary hand-held fogger, enabling the quick disinfection of surgeries between patient visits. They also receive high-quality reusable spray bottles, which when filled with Dentaqua disinfectant, can be used in combination with more sustainable paper towels to eliminate the purchasing of costly and environmentally unsustainable single-use wipes.
The plug-and-play Dentaqua device has one-touch operation that fills dental water bottles for continuous dental waterline disinfection. Separately, at the touch of a button, the system produces the disinfectant solution.
Dentaqua also provides a data trail on the use of the system. This allows dental practices to clearly evidence disinfection production and use.
Dentaqua CEO Ed O’Reilly said that the new technology had proved very successful with dentists and that more than 3,000 dental surgeries were now using the technology. “The positive feedback from customers has been huge,” O’Reilly said. “Dentists and dental staff love the system. The fact that it eliminates single-use wipes and the fact that you don’t have to worry about purchasing and monitoring chemicals is a real benefit. You simply produce your own highly effective, eco-friendly disinfectant, as needed, at the touch of a button,” he explained.
O’Reilly added: “The environmental benefit of eliminating large volumes of single-use plastic wipes going to landfill is a very attractive proposition for most dentists. It enables dental practices to legitimately market their eco-friendly credentials to their patients.”
Studies that investigated the ability of antimicrobial surface wipes to prevent the spread of infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus found that current protocols used by hospital staff have the potential to spread pathogens. This is often caused by the incorrect use and the ineffectiveness of many wipes.
Independent studies have proved that Dentaqua’s disinfectant, named Ecasol, destroys non-enveloped viruses—which are more difficult to eliminate than coronaviruses—in less than 1 minute’s contact time.
There are a number of products on the market that use salt to generate hypochlorous acid. Most are extremely inefficient at converting the salt, resulting in high levels of residual chloride in the hypochlorous acid solution. This results in the corrosion of dental chair components, equipment and materials. Dentaqua, however, is non-corrosive to dental equipment. The patented device is unique in that it produces solutions with virtually no residual salt, making it an ideal solution for disinfecting high-value dental equipment.
Benefits of the Dentaqua DW-8 system include:
- possibility of generating own low-cost disinfectant using only water and a quality-controlled salt electrolyte;
- savings of at least £500 per individual dental surgery annually;
- elimination of waterline biofilm, resulting in ultra-clean dental water and reduction of risks associated with dental aerosols;
- app-based automatic recording, minimising the need for manual record-keeping, and auto-ordering of consumable salt;
- proven non-corrosiveness to dental equipment in long-term clinical settings;
- proven non-toxicity to human epithelial cells; and
- no effect on composite bond strength.
The device is designed and manufactured in Ireland, and available throughout the UK via Dentaqua’s network of sales representatives. More information on the product can be found at www.dentaqua.com.