According to the EPA, indoor air is up to 5X more toxic than outdoor air. Indoor air is full of contaminants, from bacteria to viruses to chemicals and more. This is particularly true in dental offices where poor air quality can result from the use of equipment and disinfectants. These chemicals can pose a serious threat to the health, safety and wellbeing of staff and patients.
The Importance of Air Quality In Dental Offices
Above all, maintaining good air quality is important in order to protect dental staff and patients from the many harmful airborne contaminants that exist in dental offices.
Dental work involves the use of many chemical compounds, even in the case of routine dental work, which can be harmful to those who are exposed to these contaminants. These contaminants can come from dental equipment such as high-speed drills. Dentists have a duty to provide safe working conditions for employees and to keep patients healthy.
Mercury is another contaminant commonly found in dental offices. Mercury is typically released during amalgam fillings. In fact, studies show that dentists and staff have a higher level of this chemical in their urine. The problem is that mercury is odorless and changes from solid to gas at room temperature, making its harmful effects go completely undetected.
The use of disinfectants – a necessity for hygienic and safe dental practices – are toxic and can also cause irritation, headaches and other symptoms. Of course, the risks do not end here. Latex allergens and X-Ray development chemicals are also cause for concern.
Exposure to these contaminants can be significantly higher in dental offices than in other environments, which is why good air quality is essential.
How Dental Offices Can Improve Air Quality
Dental offices can improve air quality and protect their patients and staff with custom air filters for their dental equipment. Custom air filters are necessary because the equipment requires very fine filters in order to be able to extract these harmful contaminants.
APC Filtration is a certified manufacturer working in air filter design, engineering, manufacturing and testing for industrial, commercial and household equipment for over 35 years. We develop powerful, custom air filters for dental equipment to protect your dental office, your staff and your patients. Contact us for more information.