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Biofilm formation and control in dental unit waterlines

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 January 2005

F. F. S. Franco
Affiliation:
Oral Medicine, Division of Microbial Diseases, Eastman Dental Institute for Oral Health Care Sciences, University College London, London WC1X 8LD, UK
D. Spratt
Affiliation:
Division of Microbial Diseases, Eastman Dental Institute for Oral Health Care Sciences, University College London, London, UK
J. C. Leao
Affiliation:
Oral Medicine, Division of Microbial Diseases, Eastman Dental Institute for Oral Health Care Sciences, University College London, London WC1X 8LD, UK Departamento de Clínica e Odontologia Preventiva, Disciplina de Estomatologia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife PE 50670-901, Brazil
S. R. Porter
Affiliation:
Oral Medicine, Division of Microbial Diseases, Eastman Dental Institute for Oral Health Care Sciences, University College London, London WC1X 8LD, UK

Abstract

This review details the current literature on relevant aspects of biofilm formation and microbial control in dental practice. To date, there is no published evidence of a serious public health risk from biofilm-contaminated dental waterlines. However, there remain few effective methods of decontamination of such waterlines.

Type
Review Article
Copyright
© 2005 Cambridge University Press

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