High speed dental handpieces have the propensity to suck in oral fluids from patients and dispel them when used on subsequent patients. This recommendation provides instructions on how to clean your high and low speed dental handpieces and prevent cross infection or contamination between patients. The process involves firstly, following manufacturer’s instructions closely. Pre-sterilization is usually similar across all types of handpieces: clean and flush the handpiece of all visibile debris using water or air lines. Perform ultrasonic cleaning if recommended. Clean, purge, and lubricate the instrument. Purge the instrument again as it will distribute the lubricant in the air turbine assembly and removes excess. Clean the fiber optic tips with a cotton swab if applicable. Finally heat sterilize the unit as applicable.
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