The University of Dublin | Trinity College -- Ollscoil Átha Cliath | Coláiste na Tríonóide
Trinity's Access to Research Archive
Home :: Log In :: Submit :: Alerts ::

TARA >
School of Dental Sciences >
Dental Science >
Dental Science (Scholarly Publications) >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2262/61049

Title: MANAGEMENT OF DENTAL UNIT WATERLINE BIOFILMS IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Author: RUSSELL, RONALD J
O'DONNELL, MARY J
COLEMAN, DAVID
Author's Homepage: http://people.tcd.ie/dcoleman
http://people.tcd.ie/rrussell
http://people.tcd.ie/mjodonne
Keywords: Microbial biofilm
Dental unit waterlines
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: O'DONNELL MJ, BOYLE MA, RUSSELL RJ AND COLEMAN DC, MANAGEMENT OF DENTAL UNIT WATERLINE BIOFILMS IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, FUTURE MICROBIOLOGY, 6, 10, 2011, 1209 - 1226
Series/Report no.: FUTURE MICROBIOLOGY
6
10
Abstract: Dental chair units (DCUs) use water to cool and irrigate DCU-supplied instruments and tooth surfaces and provide rinsewater during dental treatment. A complex network of interconnected plastic dental unit waterlines (DUWLs) supplies this water to these instruments. DUWLs are universally prone to microbial biofilm contamination seeded predominantly from microorganisms in supply water. Consequently, DUWL output water invariably becomes contaminated by high densities of microorganisms, principally Gram-negative environmental bacteria including Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Legionella species, but sometimes contains human-derived pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus. Patients and staff are exposed to microorganisms from DUWL output water and to contaminated aerosols generated by DCU instruments. A wide variety of approaches, many unsuccessful, have been proposed to control DUWL biofilm. More recently, advances in biofilm science, chemical DUWL biofilm treatment agents, DCU design, supply water treatment and development of automated DUWL biofilm control systems have provided effective long-term solutions to DUWL biofilm control.
Description: PUBLISHED
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2262/61049
Related links: http://dx.doi.org/10.2217/FMB.11.104
Appears in Collections:Dental Science (Scholarly Publications)

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
O'Donnell Future Microbiology TARA UPLOAD.pdfPublished (author's copy) - Peer Reviewed1.51 MBAdobe PDFView/Open


This item is protected by original copyright


Please note: There is a known bug in some browsers that causes an error when a user tries to view large pdf file within the browser window. If you receive the message "The file is damaged and could not be repaired", please try one of the solutions linked below based on the browser you are using.

Items in TARA are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

 

Valid XHTML 1.0! DSpace Software Copyright © 2002-2010  Duraspace - Feedback