Did you know that the average person spends 10.3 years of their life in the workplace?
Good indoor air quality is “a must” not just for our physical health, but also our mental health. Cut back on toxins in the dental office, and you may just find your whole staff whistling while they work … or at least feeling much happier and healthier!
If you suspect your dental space could use a breath of fresh air, here are 3 easy ways to cut back on toxins in the workplace.
1. Reduce Airborne Bacteria During Dental Procedures
Even though dental exam rooms seem like such nice, sterile places to patients, you and your staff know … the aerosol and splatter produced from dental scaling poses some health risks.
What’s a savvy dental pro to do?
Many dental teams have patients rinse before procedures with a product containing an antimicrobial agent to reduce bioaerosols. The go-to ingredient for this has traditionally been chlorhexidine (CHX).
There’s only one problem with CHX … well, a few, actually. CHX stains the teeth, gives patients dry mouth, and just plain tastes bad.
Meet the future in airborne bacteria reduction … Oxyfresh Lemon-Mint Power Rinse. This zesty mouthwash works just as well as chlorhexidine at reducing bioaerosols but without the undesirable side effects.
The proof isn’t just in the pudding … it’s in a 4-month, double-blind clinical study where Oxyfresh Lemon-Mint Power Rinse went up against CHX. Check out the study here.
2. Ditch the Air Fresheners (Yes, Even the “Natural” Ones)
Smells happen. And when they do, many offices have air fresheners or plug-ins on hand.
Harmless enough, right? What could be wrong with a lemony breeze mixed with vanilla?
Well, here’s the deal: all those enticing scents are made of chemicals.
People react in different ways when exposed to them. That’s why one staff member might get a splitting headache, another a bout of nausea, and another person no reaction at all.
When the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) evaluated 14 popular air fresheners, 12 of them were found to contain phthalates (harmful chemical compounds added to scents to make them last longer), even ones that claimed to be “all-natural.”
To neutralize odors quickly without harsh chemicals or perfumes, try this non-toxic Oxygene®-infused deodorizer. It oxidizes stinky sulfur compounds into sulfite ions (non-stinky).
3. Add Some Greenery to the Office Scenery
Mother Nature’s got your back when it comes to detoxifying your indoor air. Studies by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America revealed that several houseplants remove the air of toxins.
So, get decorating your office space with some greenery. Not only will your dental office look more inviting, it will be a healthier space too! Curious as to which plants have the most detoxifying superpowers? Check out the list here.
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