Water Safety 2018-01-26T11:30:06+00:00

Your Family’s Safety is Our Priority

At Sweet Smiles Modern Orthodontics, we guarantee our dental water is safe

100% Safe Water Quality – 100% of the Time

Sweet Smiles Modern Orthodontics takes water quality very seriously and is one of the only practices in Southern California to employ the highest standards in water testing. We GUARANTEE 100% of the water used for our patients is safe.

An unfortunate outbreak of mycobacteria has been sweeping dental practices in Southern California since March 2017, infecting dozens of children and, in some cases, leading to hospitalizations and serious complications. The Orange County Health Care Agency and the Centers for Disease Control have been working diligently to control the outbreak, determine the source and protect children and families throughout the region.

Sweet Smiles has been carefully monitoring the situation and has adopted CDC best practices for monitoring water quality and follows the Dental Board of California’s requirements. Per the DBC, these include:

  • At the beginning of each workday, dental unit lines and devices should be purged with air or flushed with water for at least two minutes prior to attaching handpieces, scalers, air water syringe tips or other devices. The dental unit lines and devices should be flushed between each patient for a minimum of 20 seconds.

  • Review procedures for maintaining dental unit water quality at ≤500 cfu/mL heterotrophic water bacteria.

  • Consult with the manufacturer of the dental unit for appropriate water maintenance methods and recommendations for monitoring dental water quality.

We also regularly send water samples to a third-party independent lab for additional testing.

Your family’s health is our top priority. Dr. Ikeda and most of our team members are parents. We understand the seriousness of the situation and are going above and beyond to ensure our parent’s safety and comfort. OSAP has developed a Q&A sheet that is very informative. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office or call us at (714) 893-7539.