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VistaClean™ is derived from citrus botanicals and is completely nontoxic, safe for the environment, non-corrosive, simple to use and has no negative effect on bond strength.

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VistaClean is FDA Class 1 Medical Deivce for the maintenance of waterlines.

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  • Why do you need to purge dental waterlines?

    • If dental waterlines are not maintained on a regular basis, bacteria and biofilms will develop on the inner surfaces of the tubing, blocks and other system components. They can plug lines, cause corrosion and create a potential health hazard for both patients and dental staff. Using a proper irrigant like VistaClean™ and "purging" the lines on a regular basis with an approved antimicrobial cleaner like VistaTab™ will provide improved water quality while helping to protect patients, staff and equipment.

  • What is VistaClean™?

    • VistaClean™ Irrigant Solution Concentrate is an FDA-cleared Class I medical device derived from organically certified citrus, USP glycerol and UPS ascorbic acid. As an aqueous cleaner, it has the ability to emulsify organic and inorganic contaminants, soils and oxidation products in dental waterlines. VistaClean™ helps protect waterlines and system components from deposits and scale and may be used in waterlines in contact with patients continuously or intermittently as desired. When used according to directions, it is completely non-toxic, safe for the environment, non-corrosive, simple to use and has no negative effect on bond strength.

  • How is VistaClean™ used?

    • Using VistaClean™ is very simple. Each time you fill the dental bottle, add the correct number of drops to the water then return the bottle to the dental delivery unit. One or two drops in a standard 750 ml bottle is usually sufficient. Consult the directions for the amount to use in other size bottles.

  • What is an aqueous cleaner?

    • An aqueous cleaner is a cleaning agent that is dissolved in water.

  • What is an irrigant?

    • Generally, an irrigant is the therapeutic flushing of a body part with a stream of liquid. In dentistry, an irrigant is the water delivered to a handpiece, air/water syringe, ultrasonic or piezo scaler for the purposes of cooling a tooth during drilling, washing debris, etc. during patient care. Irrigation fluid enters the patient's mouth.

  • What is the benefit of the citrus component of VistaClean™?

    • The citrus component of VistaClean™ provides extraordinary cleaning characteristics as are common to today's citrus-based cleaners used for degreasing and general cleaning. It's great for helping to prevent the build-up of scale in waterlines and components of the water delivery system and attached equipment.

  • What does the glycerol component of VistaClean™ provide?

    • The glycerol helps to emulsify oily soils, films and metal salts, keeping them dispersed and suspended in solution so they do not settle back on the internal system and waterline surfaces.

  • What does emulsify mean?

    • To disperse or dissolve one liquid into another.

  • What does the ascorbic acid component of VistaClean™ provide?

    • It is added to lower the pH to help the cleaning process.

  • What qualifies as organic and inorganic materials?

    • Organic materials are derived from animal or vegetable life and contain carbon as a primary component. Examples are tiny bits of plant material and animal material in water. Inorganic materials are not derived from animal or vegetable life and do not generally contain carbon compounds. Examples are calcium and magnesium (hardness) in water.

  • What is bond strength?

    • The strength with which a chemical bond holds two atoms together. In dentistry, an example would be the strength of a composite bonded to a dental substrait. Certain chemicals used to treat waterlines could weaken the bonding strength of veneers and anything else that requires the use of dental adhesives. Any product used for the treatment of waterlines should be tested to make certain bond strengths are not negatively impacted.

  • What are citrus botanicals?

    • These are naturally occurring chemical compounds derived from citrus products. They often have special value for optimum health (like antioxidants) or for natural cleaning due to their ability to dissolve other compounds.

  • Does VistaClean™ impart a taste to the water?

    • If used according to directions, there will be no discernable taste. However, if too many drops are used, some patients may notice a slight bitterness but it is in no way harmful. If too many drops have been used, simply empty the bottle, rinse and add only the correct number of drops to new water following the directions for use.

  • Is VistaClean™ an antimicrobial cleaner?

    • No. VistaClean™ is a waterline irrigant with the purpose and abilities described above. There are no claims that VistaClean™ removes biofilm or controls microbial growth.

  • What is the shelf life/expiration of VistaClean™?

    • The actual shelf life of VistaClean™ is nine years from the date of manufacture. However, the "best if used by" indication on the bottle label is six years from the date of manufacture.

  • How do you dispose of VistaClean™?

    • VistaClean™ is considered a non-hazardous food grade material and can be disposed of in a conventional manner as any other food product. Diluting the concentrate is advisable prior to disposal.

  • What is VistaPure™?

    • VistaPure™ provides a convenient and inexpensive supply of high purity, distilled-quality water for labs, dental and medical offices. The system requires no electricity and prepares ultra pure water through a specialized filtration process. Two grades of water are produced by the system – distilled-quality water for autoclaves and ultra filtered non-corrosive water for use in bottles used with dental delivery systems.

  • What is VistaClear™?

    • VistaClear™ is an award-winning dental waterline treatment system that eliminates the need for independent bottles. It's perfect for new office construction, remodels or retrofitting into existing offices. There are models for treating an entire office and individual operatories. The patented design isolates operatories from other water sources for enhanced infection control.

  • How is Team Vista™ used with the VistaPure™ and VistaClear™ systems?

    • VistaPure™ is a specialized water treatment system that produces two grades of water. One grade is ultra pure for use in autoclaves in the place of distilled water. The other grade is for filling independent water bottles. VistaClean™ is added to the bottles used for use on dental delivery systems but not to the water used in autoclaves. VistaTab™ is added to the bottle as a periodic antimicrobial cleaner. VistaClear™ is a specialized water treatment system that actually filters municipal water and directly delivers it to each individual dental operatory delivery unit thereby eliminating the need for independent bottles. VistaClean™ is used as an irrigant usually on a weekly basis. A few drops are introduced into the system weekly via an injection port for the same reasons it is used in bottles. A greater number of drops are used quarterly when the system is purged in order to help remove any deposits, films and soils that may be residing in the waterlines. VistaTab™ be used as a periodic antimicrobial cleaner as needed in special cases for tough contamination. See the VistaClear™ manual for specific details.

  • Why is VistaClean™ better?

    • VistaClean™ is FDA cleared as an irrigant for use in dental waterlines and has the ability to emulsify organic and inorganic contaminants, soils and oxidation products in dental waterlines like no other dental irrigant product. VistaClean&trade helps protect waterlines and system components from deposits and scale and may be used in waterlines in contact with patients continuously or intermittently as desired. When used according to directions, it is completely non-toxic, safe for the environment, non-corrosive, simple to use and has no negative effect on bond strength. VistaClean™ does not build up in waterlines and does not include any heavy metals.

  • The CDC has established a standard of "less than 500 colony forming units per milliliter for dental unit waterlines." Should offices be conducting a routing test of this?

    • We recommend that an office do periodic and random testing on a regular basis - at least quarterly. Test results will vary greatly based on the water quality used, the general maintenance performed, the age of the dental delivery system, if quick disconnects are used, etc. There are several in-office test methods available. One is the HPC Sampler by Millipore. They sell these kits to dentists directly. The cost is about +/-$90 for a box of 25. Dentists can see or order them at www.millipore.com or by calling 1-800-Millipore. Pall Corporation also makes a product call Aqua-Safe that looks much like a petri dish. This product is sold through dealers like Schein.

      In summary, we've found that most offices get by with the daily use of VistaClean™ followed by monthly use of VistaTab™. However, they must have performed the "Initial Cleaning" using 2 tabs twice and be diligent with system care. Again, every system is different and results will vary.

  • What is biofilm?

    • Biofilms are aggregates of microbes with a distinct architecture. A biofilm is like a tiny city in which microbial cells, each only a micrometer or two long, form towers that can be hundreds of micrometers high. The "streets" between the towers are really fluid-filled channels that bring in nutrients, oxygen and other necessities for live biofilm communities. Biofilms form on the surface dental waterlines, contact lenses, pacemakers, heart valve replacements, artificial joints and other surgical implants. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that over 65% of hospital-acquired infections are caused by biofilms. Microorganisms growing in a biofilm are highly resistant to antibiotics and cleaners, up to 1,000 times more resistant than the same bacteria not growing in a biofilm.

  • Why are biofilms important and what issues do they cause?

    • Biofilms are microscopic communities that consist primarily of naturally occurring water bacteria and fungi. They form thin layers on virtually all surfaces, including dental water delivery systems. These organisms accumulate inside the thin tubes used to deliver water in dental treatment and grow into large populations. Water flowing from the dental waterline tubing into a patient's mouth can have high colony counts of these organisms. Exposure to these microbes does not mean that an individual will get an infection or a disease. However, if a person's immune system is compromised for any reason including age, smoking, heavy drinking, being a transplant or cancer patient or because of HIV infection, he or she may have more difficulty fighting off the invading germs. This is why the CDC has set dental water quality standards of no greater than 500 colony forming units of microbial contamination in water used for patient care in order to help protect patients and dental staff.

  • Why do you need to purge dental waterlines?

    • If dental waterlines are not maintained on a regular basis, bacteria and biofilms will develop on the inner surfaces of the tubing, blocks and other system components. They can plug lines, cause corrosion and create a potential health hazard for both patients and dental staff. Using a proper irrigant like VistaClean™ and "purging" the lines on a regular basis with an approved antimicrobial cleaner like VistaTab™ will provide improved water quality while helping to protect patients, staff and equipment.

  • What does the CDC recommend for dental waterline treatment?

    • The CDC does not recommend any specific brand or type of product but suggests that dental waterlines should be cleaned and tested on a regular basis to insure they are as clean as possible. The CDC has established a standard of less than 500 colony forming units per milliliter for dental unit waterlines.

  • Why does VistaClean™ have FDA approval and VistaTab™ have EPA registration?

    • Products used in or on a human (VistaClean™) are regulated by the FDA. Products used to kill or control a pest (bacteria in this case) on a surface (VistaTab™) are regulated by the EPA. Both products "clean" using different modalities.

  • Are VistaClean™ and VistaTab™ compatible with all materials (i.e., water bottles, water lines, all chairs, tubing, etc.)?

    • Yes. Both products are non-corrosive and have been shown to be compatible with all standard dental unit equipment or accessories.

  • What are the effects of mixing with medicaments?

    • VistaClean™ should only be used as an irrigant cleaner. VistaTab™ should only be used as a periodic antimicrobial cleaner when patients are not present. Neither product should ever be mixed with medicaments or any other agent.

  • VistaClean

    • Product Name
      VistaClean Irrigant Solution Concentrate
      Chemical Family
      Citrus Botanicals
      Chemical Formula
      60% active / 40% USP Glycerin
      FDA Reg. No.
      21 CFR 182.20
      Solution Quantity
      1 ounce squeeze bottle with dropper tip and cap
      # of Operatories
      One bottle maintains one operatory for 12 months (typical use may vary)
      Typical Dose Amount
      1-4 drops daily based on bottle size

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