Why buy water distillers for your dental practice

When it comes to distilled water and dental practices, many believe its only use lies within autoclaves but distilled water can be used for so much more. Distilled water is most certainly a valuable tool for dentists yet sadly the majority don’t realise just how important it is along with its wide variety of uses. 

Lets first take a good look at what distilled water actually is and the process of distilling itself. Within our high quality water distillers there lies a steam chamber and a collection chamber. Tap water is placed into the steam chamber where it’s heated until it reaches boiling point. The water is then kept at this heat allowing it to steam and slowly rise. As the steam rises it comes into contact with a coil, which allows it to cool and sends it into the collection chamber.

In the collection chamber, pure distilled water will be found and this is simply down to the boiling point of water and the contaminants it contains. Luckily for us, the contaminants within our tap water have a much higher boiling point. This means that when the water begins to boil and rise, the contaminants are simply left behind. Once the process of distillation has finished, you’ll be able to see evidence of the contaminants still within the steam chamber. This can then just be drained away.

In chemical and bio labs, cheaper alternatives are often used such as de-ionised water however in instances when only pure water will do, distilled water is the only water that’s used. In cases where exceptionally high purity water is needed, double distilled water can be used. There are numerous different uses for distilled water within these industries but when it comes to dental practices specifically, what uses can distilled water have exactly?

Autoclaves

When it comes to autoclaves, only distilled water should ever be used. By using tap water in this device, the need to clean it out increases by a huge amount. This will then obviously increase the amount of cleaning chemicals that have to be used within the device. Sadly the increased amount of cleaning chemicals used will inevitably shorten its lifespan by a huge amount. This has now proved such an issue that autoclave manufacturers are now beginning to install purity sensors within the autoclave itself that prevents it from running unless distilled water is used. This means that if you don’t already have an autoclave that forces you to use distilled water, then you will have one very soon.

Dental units and hand pieces

Dental units and hand pieces, as you no doubt know already are highly susceptible to bacteria and biofilm contamination. It’s therefore vital that distilled water and only distilled water be introduced into dental units. The unfortunate fact remains that our tap water is continually contaminated across the country each and every single year. It’s therefore imperative for patient safety that distilled water be used within this area of the practice in order to prevent the spread of water borne pathogens such as E.Coli, giaria and cryptosporidium. If you aren’t already using distilled water within the dental units and hand pieces then we recommend using a sterilising tablet to kill any bacteria that currently exists in the lines.

Ultrasonic cleaners

Simply put, distilled water is the only way to achieve the best possible results with this device.

Water fountains

Whilst this may not be crucial for patient safety, many dental practices will now have a waterfall fountain situated somewhere in their lobby or waiting room. If you don’t choose to use pure, clean distilled water within this then you run the risk of lime scale build up which produces the ugly hardness and will inevitably increase maintenance. Distilled water will keep the water fountain clean and ready to use at all times.

Drinking water

If your dental practice doesn’t possess a water fountain then you may be someone that offers drinking water to his or her patients in which case distilled water is the best possible option. Not only will it be chemical and toxin free but freshly made distilled water tastes great, especially when compared with water that’s stored in low-grade plastic bottles. It’s also much healthier too so it’s a winner all round.

The good old dentist’s aquarium

A dentist’s waiting room wouldn’t feel like a real dentist’s waiting room without the traditional aquarium. Just like us, the fish that live in that water can be greatly affected by water with high levels of chlorine or ammonia in it. A certain PH value is very much needed in the tank water for the fish to enjoy a proper living environment, therefore a mixture of tap water and distilled water can be very helpful.

As you can see, distilled water can offer you many more benefits than simply protecting or in some cases, allowing your autoclaves to run. Here at Make Water Pure, we can offer you high quality water distillers that will give you constant and convenient access to freshly distilled water whenever you need it. With our distillers you can forget about buying expensive bottled water and most certainly forget about damaging any of your equipment with contaminated water.

A patented distillation technology will kill all harmful bacteria and viruses along with chlorine, fluoride and many other heavy metals that are found in tap water today. As a result you will have access to water that’s 99.8% pure. If you’d like more information on how we can help your dental practice, then contact us here at Make Water Pure today.