Thorough cleansing of dental equipment is a painstaking job.
A tissue with alcohol-spray will generally spread nasty viruses but will neither kill nor remove them.
SUCTION-COUPLINGS AND VALVES
Suction hoses don't just hang in your mouth.
They terminate in couplings that can accept several kinds of suction-pipes that can be sterilized or disposed of.
These couplings are equipped with a turning ring
( to prevent the hose from curling like the system in your vacuum cleaner )
and a small mechanical slide to switch the device on and off.
Couplings can not be detached from their houses and will be heavily contaminated during the patient's treatment.
These pipes should evacuate all particles, blood, saliva and cooling water that the high-speed drill spits out with considerable force.
Suction devices are the most disgusting devices in the entire dental surgery.
For those with strong stomachs we are going to take a closer look.
Like all dental instruments suctiondevices are constantly placed in and removed from the instrumentpanel and their holdingclamps.
Instrumentpanels can not be detached to be soaked and scrubbed in a good hot bath. We think that in real surgical theatres these devices would be banned immediately.
Like surgeons, dentists constantly deal with blood,saliva and exposed tissues.
Another prize winner in the race for dirty dental devices is the spittoon.