As more shops reopen, some dental practices are considering stepping up efforts to clean their facilities and equipment and protect their patients and staff.
One method is the disinfection of air, surfaces or equipment in a dental practice with UV light.
Disinfection with UV Light products are widely used in hospitals and large medical facilities, but some smaller practices are now testing whether they can adopt the technology.
By mid-May in the USA, experts estimated that up to 80 percent of the staff and patients in dental practices were returning.
“We get a lot of questions every day about the use of UV light in dental practices,” said Brett Burdick, owner of Dental Cleaning Services, Inc., whose office uses an air purifier to disinfect with UV light.
The Cost Had Been Prohibitive, Until Now
Typically, the investment is particularly costly for practices trying to recoup profits after operations closed during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Before dentists commit to buying a product that can cost up to £10,000 per unit, they should know the risks and benefits of the technology as well as the safety of their patients.
Basic hygiene practices and protective equipment should be the first line of defense to prevent disease transmission.
But the cost doesn’t have to be so high, as with PathogenUK’s systems. Our Elite 101 UVC air sterilisation system kills viruses in the air and on surfaces.
”Dentists in particular should consider new cleaning technologies because being in close proximity allows people to easily pass viruses through air droplets”, said Dr. John D. Burdick, director of dental hygiene at Dental Cleaning Services, Inc.
The American Dental Association has made a similar recommendation, but without mentioning decontamination with UV light.
When asked about UV disinfection in dental offices, The ADA told CNBC News that it is exploring many strategies to reduce possible infection routes.
They said they have a lot to do, but hopefully they can implement UV light systems to successfully kill the virus in their offices.
They could also implement things like staggered appointments, and asking patients questions to ensure they are not sick during dental treatment and even check the temperature of visitors, he said.
UV Light Disinfection is Already Out There
UV disinfection has been used in large health facilities for years and kills germs and bacteria very effectively. UV light products could be a convenient option for dentists interested in ADA hygiene and buying disinfectants.
In a statement, the CDC in the USA, said it would “continue to evaluate the validity of emerging evidence and research to support future recommendations of UV products.” They went on to say that “there is evidence to support the safety and health of the public and the profession of Dental work using UV Light Disinfection”.
“UV light is also particularly beneficial for coronaviruses”, said Dr. Michael Martinello, an assistant professor of dentistry at the University of California, San Diego School of Dentistry. He is also a member of the advisory board of the American Academy of Dental Surgeons’ Dentist Advisory Board.
More tellingly, Martinesllo is also a board member of the International Association for UV Light, which promotes the use of UV light in remediation procedures.
“The good thing about coronaviruses is that they are very sensitive to UV light”, Martinello said.
“What makes them sensitive is that they have a layer of fat that envelops the virus itself and that layer is very easy to destroy”. “UV light and other cleaning products can destroy this layer, which causes the viruses to degrade and die, “Martinesllo said.
The best thing for coronavirus, however, is that it is a very vulnerable virus to a range of UV light systems in specific wavelengths.
More Evidence and Recent Observations
The association has observed an increased interest in UV light applications since the outbreak of the covid pandemic.
These work to kill airborne virus particles as well as viruses which exist on surfaces. As Dr. Micheal Marinello announced at a recent interview, “decontamination of surfaces by UV light does not mean that it is effective in treating viruses in humans”.”There is simply no scientific basis for using UV light to treat people with coronavirus”, Martinello said.
It’s all About the Safe Operation of the Product
Dentists need to understand how to decontaminate with UV light and learn about the various UV disinfection products.
The best systems are all in one, with high quality Philips Germicidal bulbs like PathogenUK’s systems have.
Essentially, portable wheeled systems used in dentists offices would be switched and used to emit ultraviolet light into a room or “decontaminating area.”
To use the device properly, employees must take special precautions to be safe- including not being in the room during operation.
With our smaller Room-30 UVC System however, it is all self contained and can run while people are in the room.
If you don’t have a UVC system in your dentist office, you may need other options for disinfecting the dental office. But why not have a full UVC system that does the work for you between each patient?
UV light can inactivate Covid 19, but research is ongoing. Our systems are effective against coronaviruses and can be used in dentists offices, which is one of the main reasons for its popularity in the market.
UV light is also used to kill all kinds of viruses and bacteria. It is currently used to eliminate various other germs and bacteria, including MRSA, tuberculosis and flu.
By eliminating germs in the air, UVC air sterilisation units prevent viruses from settling on the surface. The products are often used in hospitals, and dentists have also shown increasing interest in 2020.
Pathogen UK is growing fast due to the Covid outbreak of 2020 as well as the confirmed studies we’ve outlined. Due to this, we are offering our products worldwide with free shipping. This means you can have our high quality and affordable UV light Disinfection Systems anywhere in the world, with free shipping and at a highly competitive price.