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Waterline safety focus of FDA webpage

June 18, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration in June launched a webpage focusing on dental unit waterlines, which includes information about infection control and tips for dental practitioners.

Dental unit waterlines typically cannot be sterilized, according to the FDA, including those that are connected to municipal water sources or closed-bottle systems. Nonetheless, the waterlines “should be routinely cleaned and disinfected,” the FDA said.

The webpage provides tips for monitoring water quality and maintaining water lines and recommendations to mitigate the risk of contamination and patient infection.

To access the webpage, click here.

The webpage links to additional resources, including the ADA’s Oral Health Topics page on Dental Unit Waterlines. The ADA webpage features an overview about dental unit waterline cleaning and water quality monitoring, and includes links to helpful resources, including one for guidelines for maintaining dental unit waterlines as part of regular infection control protocols.

To find the Oral Health Topics webpage, visit