Biofilm is a thin layer of microorganisms that accumulate in common devices used to transport water, including showerheads, faucets, soda fountains, and hoses. Since the water lines of dental equipment fall into this category, there are a growing number of patients who are concerned about the possible effects of biofilm exposure at the dentist’s office. We’d like to address these concerns here, so you have no reason to worry any longer.
At the office of Dr. Gary DiStefano, safety comes first. That is why we strictly adhere to standard infection control procedures at all times, including flushing out water lines every day when we open the office and in between each patient. Although it is true that biofilm exists in water lines in Michigan and everywhere else, we assure you that you will not be exposed to any dangerous microorganisms when you visit our practice.
It is important to understand that there is no scientific evidence to suggest that anyone in the United States has ever become ill due to microorganisms found in dental water lines. The Center of Disease Control joins the dental profession in assuring you that there is no public threat whatsoever.