Using Bleach instead of VistaTabs

We recommend using VistaTab™ antimicrobial cleaning tablets upon initial system installation and for periodic “shock” treatments. VistaTab is a powerful, EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaning tablet designed to reduce microbial contamination in dental waterlines. When combined with water, VistaTab dissolves quickly to create a solution of chlorine dioxide, which is up to seven times more effective than chlorine bleach—without being corrosive. This product is sold by Hu-Friedy and is available from dental dealers throughout the United States.

However, if for some reason VistaTab tablets are unavailable, household bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite) may be used as an alternative solution. However, it is important not to flush bleach into any vacuum or drain system that contains an amalgam separator. Also, do not leave any bleach solution in dental waterlines for more than 10 minutes.

Follow the “Purge & Clean” instructions for the VistaClear HP system, substituting the bleach solution for the VistaTab in Step 2 (Adding Line Cleaner).

  • If using 8.25% bleach solution, add 2 ounces (or about 58mL) to the mixing chamber in lieu of one (1) VistaTab.
  • If using 5.25% bleach solution, add 2.5 ounces (or about 75mL) to the mixing chamber in lieu of one (1) VistaTab.

Note that you will need to follow this process for each operatory.

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