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Volunteers sought to evaluate water monitoring devices

March 10, 2016 The ADA seeks input from dental offices regarding the use of three different, commercially available water monitoring devices.

Volunteers who currently treat their dental unit water lines, but do not monitor the water quality, may be eligible to receive a six-month supply of water monitoring devices. After six months, users will be asked to complete a survey detailing the devices' performance.

The ADA Department of Research and Standards will use the information for its survey of the real word usability of water monitoring kits. Data from the surveys will be compiled to provide insight dentists can use when making choices about water monitoring, according to ADA science staff.

Those interested in participating should email Kristy Vogt, vogtk@ada.org, or call 1-312-440-2558 for more information.

The CDC has issued guidelines for infection control in dental settings related to water quality monitoring. For more information about dental unit waterlines, click here. Members can also view an ADA laboratory evaluation of dental unit water treatment systems, and information about disease transmission through dental unit water.