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Covid-19 Safety At The Dentist

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Published By Dr. Rachel Hall at 23 April, 2020

Kenmore Dentist Putting Your Safety and Health First During Covid-19

How are we ensuring the highest standard of Covid-19 safety at the dentist?

Evolve Dental Healing Kenmore Dentist has always been on the leading edge of dentistry, our holistic approach means we have been using high-vacuum filtration as standard in our practice for over 15 years.

We use a high-grade specifically designed for dental filtration unit called IQ Air which has proven protection against viruses, bacteria, disinfectants and mercury vapour.

The Best Protection From Airborne Viruses Dental Offices Can Provide

The IQ Air dental series provides 100x more filtration than most air filters which means we can offer the best protection form airborne viruses like severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) responsible for causing Covid-19.

Unlike other air purifiers, IQAir’s filtration technology is proven to effectively filter ultra-fine particles, the smallest and most harmful particles in the air.

The IQAir filtration unit, as used by Evolve Dental Kenmore, is effective against particles all the way down to 0.003 microns in diameter – the smallest particles that exist.

Why is that important?

Ultrafine particles are smaller than 0.1 microns, and make up about 90% of all airborne particles, these particles have been linked to heart attacks, strokes, asthma, and even cancer.

Typically viruses are 0.003 microns in size so using this style of fliter in the dental office helps us protect you from viral infections.

Why is mercury and aerosol control in a dental office important?

IQAir systems filter the harmful mercury vapour and aerosols that get released when dentists drill out silver amalgam fillings. The mercury can threaten the health and safety of patients and staff if it is not filtered and is allowed to be inhaled during treatment.

IQAir Dental Series Pro used by Evolve Holistic Dentist Brisbane, filters mercury vapor, disinfectant smells, and a wide range of VOCs (volatile chemicals). The Dental Series Hg FlexVac, used during treatments does all this and more as it also filters the maximum amount of mercury vapor using a source capture arm located near the patient’s mouth during treatment due to its specialized mercury filtration.

Dental Infection Control To Enhance Your Safety During Covid-19 and Coronavirus

The infection control measures that we use in dental practice to provide hospital grade disinfection and sterilisation have proven very effective at protecting against bloodborne viruses but sadly when it comes to inhalation of airborne viruses (like coronavirus SARS-2), particulate and mercury vapour the standard dental protocols do not have that covered.

That is why at Evolve Dental Kenmore our standard protocol also involves the use of the IQAir during treatments to ensure the highest possible safety standard for you, our patient.

Viruses and other contaminants can quickly spread through the air in a dental office. Drilling and other procedures (like teeth cleaning) can increase the presence of airborne viruses, including viral hepatitis (as small as 0.05 microns in diameter). HyperHEPA filtration filters 95% of even these tiniest of viruses and other contaminants.

Filtration To Reduce Virus Spread At The Dentist

For your safety and peace of mind we have two models of filtration that have specifically been designed for dental offices

  1. Dental Pro: compact, stand-alone air purifier to help eliminate dental office contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, VOCs, disinfectant odours, and mercury vapour. 
  2. Dental Hg FlexVac: mobile air cleaning system with a flexible suction duct to capture drill aerosols, abrasion powder, and mercury vapour during dental procedures before they spread.

At Evolve Kenmore Dentist we take your health and safety seriously and are going above and beyond National infection control standards to ensure that the only thing you get at your trip to our dental office is a smile you can be proud of.

To find out more and book for your dental care call 07 3720 1811

  • Dr. Rachel Hall

    Dr. Rachel Hall

    Rachel is the founder and principal dentist at Evolve Dental Healing with over 25 years experience, practicing holistically since 2001. Not your typical dentist, Rachel is a passionate opinion leader, challenging convention to empower people to make better dental and health choices, helping thousands to have healthy natural smiles. A respected writer and presenter on holistic dentistry, health and wellness it is Rachel’s mission to revolutionise the way people look at their dental health.

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