DentalAir warns dentists not to take air quality for granted
It’s something that can easily be taken for granted, but clean, dry, oil-free air is essential for dental practices looking to remain compliant with no risk to the safety of patients. In the future it’s likely this will become the minimum requirement, and is something to look into now if you want to stay ahead of the curve regarding air quality.
There are a number of negative factors in using non-purified air during dental treatments. For example, if an air compressor isn’t filtering air properly any treatment using handpieces becomes considerably less safe because the air might carry pathogens such as influenza or the common cold, and recent events demonstrate that ever more virulent microbials might be harboured in your system.
Even if air doesn’t contain disease-causing pathogens it may have other pollutants in it, which can also impact a patient’s health. Handpieces work by drawing air from outside, and if the compressor isn’t filtering properly patients might be breathing pollutants from sources such as traffic.
Although this is not likely to be a concern in more rural areas, some 2,000 areas of the UK (such as London and Leeds)  saw pre-COVID air pollution reach dangerous levels, and now lockdown is easing might once again be deemed unsafe by environmental standards.
Air testing is key
If you want to ensure that you only operate with high-quality air, the easiest way is to have an air quality test, which will highlight any problems if your air compressor is not working to its full potential. You will also need to ensure that your air quality remains compliant, and that is where regular maintenance comes in.
Your air compressor will be covered by a warranty for the first few years, but after that you need to sign up to an effective maintenance service. A broken part can be replaced, but if air quality isn’t regularly tested, unseen problems can still occur, putting patients at risk.
You need to consider air compressor maintenance programmes that include air testing as part of the package.
Your air compressor is just one piece of essential equipment you need to keep in perfect working order, so, why not entrust its servicing, maintenance and breakdown cover to the team at DentalAir?
We offer two packages that protect air compressors, with full coverage of your new system under our Total Air Care package, or your old system can be protected and maintained under our innovative AirCare Adoption Programme.
Whichever option you choose you can rest assured that DentalAir includes regular testing to guarantee the air you use in practice is sterile, oil-free and suitable for use; which helps protect you, your patients, and your peace of mind.
1] The Guardian. Pollution Map Reveals unsafe Air Quality at Almost 2,000 Sites. Link: click HERE [Last accessed March 20].