Temperature and Dental Health
Thursday, Oct 23rd 2014

For many hospitals and health offices, regulations about room temperature can be tricky to understand. Much of the specifics behind regulations for different temperatures can vary for the kinds of offices that are available. Understanding how to create an environment that is conducive to the comfort and health of patients is important. Utilizing the best equipment to do this for customers is a key element of the healthcare industry.

According to a question asked to OSHA on their official web forums, office temperature and humidity are matters of human comfort in offices . However, OSHA recommends temperature in a range between 68 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit. This range is designed to accommodate most people's sense of comfort. There is no specific guideline regarding dental offices and bacteria.  Instead, the guidelines that are in place are there for covering any general office situations that may come up, like the comfort of employees and the general expectation that  workers should be able to have a relatively nice climate while they are working.

Dental X-Rays
X-Rays, however, are a little bit different because of the process of making a picture out of radiography. The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services specifies that temperature and water for the darkroom when developing X-ray film should be between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. These temperatures can be critical for obtaining an accurate picture that clearly describes the skeletal structure of the jaw of the patient. If the room is too cold or too warm, this can adversely affect the chemical reactions that create the images on the film, which can ruin the samples needed in order for the dentist to have an accurate picture of what is going on with their patient.

Because the the speed at which many chemical reactions in a darkroom take place can be temperature dependent, utilizing something like the WeatherGoose II for detecting changes can be appropriate. Without the use of strong temperature monitors, it can be possible for variances to produce poor results in lab equipment. Being careful to utilize the strong test procedures for the careful recording of data is necessary for delivering the best possible product for clients. Standardized guidelines for many different types of equipment require a room temperature between 68 and 72 degrees, so being sure that temperatures remain within those bounds can be critical.

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