Pilot study assessment of indoor air quality in two dental settings: Particulate matter and volatile organic compounds

Lisa M Vu, The University of Texas School of Public Health

Abstract

Objective: To assess the indoor environment of two different types of dental practices regarding VOCs, PM2.5, and ultrafine particulate concentrations and examine the relationship between specific dental activities and contaminant levels. Method: The indoor environments of two selected dental settings (private practice and community health center) will were assessed in regards to VOCs, PM 2.5, and ultrafine particulate concentrations, as well as other indoor air quality parameters (CO2, CO, temperature, and relative humidity). The sampling duration was four working days for each dental practice. Continuous monitoring and integrated sampling methods were used and number of occupants, frequency, type, and duration of dental procedures or activities recorded. Measurements were compared to indoor air quality standards and guidelines. Results: The private practice had higher CO2, CO, and most VOC concentrations than the community health center, but the community health center had higher PM2.5 and ultrafine PM concentrations. Concentrations of p-dichlorobenzene and PM2.5 exceeded some guidelines. Outdoor concentrations greatly influenced the indoor concentration. There were no significant differences in contaminant levels between the operatory and general area. Indoor concentrations during the working period were not always consistently higher than during the nonworking period. Peaks in particulate matter concentration occurred during root canal and composite procedures.^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Occupational Health and Safety

Recommended Citation

Lisa M Vu, "Pilot study assessment of indoor air quality in two dental settings: Particulate matter and volatile organic compounds" (January 1, 2011). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). Paper AAI1502179.
http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/dissertations/AAI1502179

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