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All Safe-Flo™ Saliva Ejector and Valve products contain an internal, one-way seated valve. When used on both the low-volume and high-volume (HV) evacuation lines, the one-way valve opens and allows the evacuation of fluids from the patient’s mouth. When the vacuum pressure changes, such as when the patient closes their mouth around the saliva ejector tip or the tip becomes blocked, the valve immediately snaps into the closed position creating a physical barrier to prevent the backflow of residual blood, saliva and other potentially infectious materials into the patient’s mouth.
0.1% which is not harmful to humans or animals.
It is recommended that a new mask be worn for each patient, and that masks be changed every 20 minutes in a wet environment and every 60 minutes in a non-aerosol environment, additionally if the mask becomes wet, it should be changed when possible.
Yes. Gum Numb is Nut free, Soy free, Milk free, Egg free, Gluten free and Aspartame free.
Yes, Sparkle Varnish is Nut free, Soy free, Milk free, Egg free and Gluten free.
Yes, it is an FDA regulated class 2 medical device.
No. They're all the same.
Yes. The ADA, The Dental Advisor, and the United States Air Force have tested the DentaPure® cartridge. ADAProfessionalProductReview.pdf The Dental Advisor usaf-study.pdf
Yes. ZAP gel is Paraben free, Nut free, Dairy free, Soy free, Milk free, Egg free, Gluten free and Aspartame free.
Backflow is the movement of fluid in the opposite direction from which it was originally moving. In the case of a dental unit evacuation system, backflow is the flow of fluids from the evacuation line back into a patient's mouth.
Backflow can occur under many situations. Research studies1-3 indicate that backflow occurs when there is a fluctuation in the vacuum pressure that typically occurs when the tip of the saliva ejector is blocked by the cheek, tongue or other part of the mouth in addition to when a patient seals their lips around a saliva ejector, creating a partial vacuum. Backflow can also occur if suction tubing is positioned above the patient’s mouth or during simultaneous use of other evacuation (high-volume) equipment.1-3 Studies have also shown this backflow could potentially occur 21% of the time (1 out of every 5 patients).4 According to the CDC, although no adverse health effects associated with the saliva ejector have been reported, practitioners should be aware that in certain situations, backflow could occur when using a saliva ejector.5 Safe-Flo™ Saliva Ejectors and Valves were specially developed to stop backflow during these conditions and protect patients by preventing this potential cross-contamination risk.
1 Barbeau J, ten Bokum L, Gauthier C, Prevost AP. Cross-contamination potential of saliva ejectors used in dentistry. J Hosp Infect 1998; 40:303–11. 365.
2 Mann GL, Campbell TL, Crawford JJ. Backflow in low-volume suction lines: the impact of pressure changes. J Am Dent Assoc 1996;127:611–5. 366.
3 Watson CM, Whitehouse RL. Possibility of cross-contamination between dental patients by means of the saliva ejector. J Am Dent Assoc 1993;124:77–80.
4 Miller C. Back flow in low-volume suction lines may lead to potential cross-contamination. RDH. 1996; 16(1):30.
5 Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings-2003. MMWR 2003:52 (no. RR-17); .
“Shocking” is not required before the first use of the DentaPure® cartridge. However, if CFU counts are over 500 CFU/mL and you want to quickly reduce the count, or your current DUWL protocol has been inconsistent, it is suggested to treat waterlines using an approved in-line product prior to the installation of DentaPure cartridges for maximum biological reduction.
Once installed, the DentaPure® cartridge will start treating the water to reduce the level of bacteria that is inside the line. The bacteria being flushed from the lines can have a noticeable color/odor if the unit has not been treated or inconsistently treated and has a large build-up of bacteria or biofilm in the lines. Flushing two liters of water through the dental unit waterlines can alleviate this; the color and odor should dissipate. Multiple two-liter flushes may be necessary.
DentaPure® cartridges use elemental iodine (I2). No allergy-causing proteins are attached to the iodine. People are not allergic to iodine, they are allergic to the protein sometimes attached to it. Please refer to this study: Schabelman E1, Witting M. The relationship of radiocontrast, iodine, and seafood allergies: a medical myth exposed, J Emerg Med. 2010 Nov;39(5):701-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2009.10.014. Epub 2010 Jan 4.
In accordance with CDC guidelines, Crosstex strongly recommends the removal of in-line water heaters as they provide the perfect growth environment for bacteria. www.osap.org/?page=Issues_DUWL_3 Cup fillers should be re-routed to a water source not being treated by the DentaPure® cartridge. This prevents premature depletion of the iodine in the cartridge.
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