Simon Davies offers an insight into the types of inorganic material found in UK potable (mains) water, considers their potential effect in dental practices, and offers practical advice on how to safeguard both patients and equipment from the possibility of harmful contamination.
Simon Davies is the Managing Director of CleanCert, a company that specialises in innovative water purification and dental infection-control products, including reverse osmosis (RO) water filters.
Aims and objectives
The aim of this article is to offer insight into the types of inorganic material found in UK mains water, consider their potential effect on dental equipment and offer practical advice on how to safeguard both patients and equipment from the possibility of harmful contamination.
On completing this Enhanced CPD article, the reader will:
- Understand the types of inorganic materials found in mains water in the UK
- Understand the difference between hard and soft water
- Understand the impact of limescale on dental unit water systems
- Understand that a link has been established between limescale and Legionella, and the possible repercussions of that
- Understand the role of softeners and reverse osmosis in providing water that is safe for patients and dental equipment.