Ultrasonic Cleaning Helps in Dental Handpiece Presterilization

Use an ultrasonic cleaner prior to the clean, purge, and lubricate process for dental handpieces

Use an ultrasonic cleaner prior to the clean, purge, and lubricate process for dental handpieces

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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Bob began working as a chemist in 1987 and remains a science geek to this day. After his PhD he worked on the bench in materials and inorganic chemistry for 10 years. He then took on a love for marketing and sales. He combined his passion for science and business and took entrepreneur general management positions in large corporations like Hoecsht Celanese now Sanofi Aventis, Bel-Art and Smiths Detection. There he learned what it would take to run a business and finally Tovatech was co-founded in 2006. Bob’s hobbies include playing, listening and composing music, skiing, working out, the internet and all things science. Read More