Evaluation of 3 dental unit waterline contamination testing methods

Nuala Porteous, Yuyu Sun, John Schoolfield

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Previous studies have found inconsistent results from testing methods used to measure heterotrophic plate count (HPC) bacteria in dental unit waterline (DUWL) samples. This study used 63 samples to compare the results obtained from an in-office chairside method and 2 currently used commercial laboratory HPC methods (Standard Methods 9215C and 9215E). The results suggest that the Standard Method 9215E is not suitable for application to DUWL quality monitoring, due to the detection of limited numbers of heterotrophic organisms at the required 35°C incubation temperature. The results also confirm that while the in-office chairside method is useful for DUWL quality monitoring, the Standard Method 9215C provided the most accurate results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalGeneral dentistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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