While your dental office might have ultrasonic cleaning devices for your patients, have you thought about using one to clean your instruments? Ultrasonic cleaners offer many advantages over standard cleaning methods for dental tools. Here are some of the advantages that you could benefit from by investing in an ultrasonic cleaner from Omegasonics for your dental practice.
How Ultrasonic Dental Cleaners Work
How much of your or your assistant’s time is taken up by scrubbing your dental instruments after being used? What if there were a way to place them into a machine and walk away so you can take care of more patients? This is exactly what an ultrasonic cleaner lets you do.
Ultrasonic cleaners work by using cavitation to do the cleaning. Cavitation is the creation of microscopic bubbles in a solution by the conversion of electrical frequency to sound waves. These invisible bubbles work to break down dirt and debris at the molecular level and pull it away from your dental instruments, leaving them clean and ready to use.
Hard to Reach Places
Dental instruments are small devices. Cleaning them thoroughly can be challenging by the simple fact that there are many places that are difficult to reach with cotton swabs or brushes. Since an ultrasonic cleaner uses microscopic cavitation to do the cleaning, it can get to those hard to reach areas.
Your instruments are submerged into a solution. That solution can make its way into corners, hard to reach spots and even into small openings. Cavitation works anywhere there is contact between the instrument and the solution. This means cleaning occurs all over the instrument as long as it is completely submerged in the cleaning solution.
Cleaning solutions for ultrasonic cleaners can be any kind of liquid that you want. Many applications use distilled water as a cleaning solution. Specific cleaners exist for applications in cleaning equipment that are exposed to blood and saliva. These enzymatic cleaners come in the form of a presoak that will bind to and loosen up blood, tissue and saliva, making them soluble in water. This is done by the enzymes in the cleaner.
As such, when the instruments are placed into the ultrasonic cleaner after an enzymatic presoak, they are cleaned and the organic material will be pulled away from the surface of the instrument and dissolved into the cleaning solution. Cleaning instruments this way eliminates the need for harsh detergents that, in some cases, are not as effective in cleaning as an ultrasonic cleaner paired with an enzymatic presoak.
Changing out Your Solutions
Of course, with use, solutions like this are going to degrade over time. You will need to refresh your cleaning solutions daily, but that can increase depending on how many clients come through your practice in a day.
If you are interested in seeing what Omegasonics has to offer in the way of ultrasonic cleaners that might be right for your practice, visit us here or give us a call! We’d be happy to help pick the perfect cleaner for you.