Distilled Water in the Dental Practice


Why Lakefront Family Dentistry Uses Only Distilled Water

The use of regular tap water is frowned upon in the dental industry. Please note there are still some dentists who use tap water in an effort to save on overhead costs. However, they would be better off investing in a distilled water supply for their patients’ health and safety.

Dr. Hauser Refuses to Compromise Patient Safety

Dr. Hauser uses the best dental practices for his patients, every single day. He understands sometimes one has to spend more in order to save more. This is true in many fields, not just for dentistry.  Therefore, he will never use tap water for dental procedures.

Why Should Dentists Use Distilled Water?

In 2012, a seemingly healthy, 82-year-old woman contracted Legionnaire’s disease after a dental visit. Once the news broke, most dentists decided to avoid the use of tap water altogether and ensure the health of their patients. Patients may accidentally ingest some water during rinsing and treatment.

Tap water may contain harmful bacteria like giardia, cryptosporidium and even E. coli. Using tap water during a procedure would increase the risk of infection, especially if minor surgery is required. This is the first reason Dr. Hauser refuses to use tap water in his practice.

The Use of Distilled Water in Dentistry as a Whole

Dentistry is a complex field, especially if the practitioner is an “all-arounder” like Dr. Hauser. The treatment plans he follows are created with the safety, comfort and overall well-being of the patient in mind.

Distilled water has so many uses in dentistry as well as the medical field in general. In the past, dentists only used it to autoclave (sterilize) their instruments. This was because the use of tap water would cost them more in the long run. A dentist would have to use more cleaning solution and the process would take longer as well. Today, many machines have purity sensors.

Most dental hand pieces last longer with the use of distilled water. Unlike tap water, all particles are removed, leaving no residue that might clog the unit. This would save dentists from having to spend money repairing and purchasing new dental equipment.

Dr. Hauser on Distilled Water

Dr. Hauser believes that using distilled water for dentistry is one of the smartest ways to avoid many oral and systemic conditions. He feels that he would be doing the patient a disservice by using possible contaminated water.  This is one of the best examples of risk mitigation.

Bleeding, inflammation and cavities provide easy entryways for all sorts of harmful microorganisms. Many of these bacteria are found in our tap water. In fact, many have become resistant to water purifying agents.

Dr. Hauser cares about the overall health of his patients. If you are in need of dental treatment, visit the Inland Empire’s most recommended dentist. You can do so online or by calling Lakefront Family Dentistry at (951) 244-9495 today.

Dr. Derek B. Hauser, DDS, at Lakefront Family Dentistry
Dr. Derek B. Hauser, DDS, at Lakefront Family Dentistry

 


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