Biofilms in dental aspiration systems: What is that?
Biofilms are slimey deposits usually of the bacterial type which accumulate in a moist environment to surfaces and grow. The appearance of biofilms is often compared with algae/mold
deposits (e. g. moldy deposits in tile joints, water tanks, hoses etc.).
Where to find biofilms?
Each day a mixture of water and secretion (including saliva, blood, amalgam, tooth particles
etc.) runs through the suction lines of a dental unit and partially remains there, even directly at the entry to the dental suction system. This causes a rapid increase of germs in the
suction lines. As a result, biofilms can form supported by dirt and bacteria residues. Consequently, there is a colonization of various bacteria, fungi and development of a bio layer –
the so-called biofilm.
HOW DO BIOFILMS FORM EXACTLY?
Microorganisms (bacteria, fungi etc.) colonize on surfaces of moist environment (such as suction lines of dental suction
systems or service water lines of dental units as mentioned above). The large surfaces of pipe or tube systems offer a perfect environment for a rapid increase of germs (formation of
biofilm). Particularly during treatment breaks (stagnation) the brackish water stagnates in the lines (suction and service water ways) and causes an increase of temperature of up to more
How can the formation of biofilms in dental suction systems be prevented?
- Nutrients minimized by the use of specially designed cleaning products.
- At high microbiological loads focus on efficient cleaning products (e. g. with Bevisto W1 and Bevisto W2 in the weekly change), – instead of disinfectants.
- Documentation and regular monitoring of hygiene is important.