A Guide for Choosing Dentist Nitrile Gloves
Jul. 14, 2021
Gloves are vital daily necessities with a high frequency of use in dental practice. That is why sometimes we may forget their importance, and, how critical it is to pay attention to the material, fit, and quality.Oral Health professionals are at risk of disease exposure on a day-to-day basis, it is important for us to use the best quality dental nitrile gloves to protect our staff and patients.
Why dentists choose nitrile disposable gloves?
Nitrile gloves are best against tear, cut, and puncture resistance. The material is also good for handling abrasives and chemicals.
Have excellent puncture and tear resistance.
1.Durable and long-lasting.
2.Can be molded to your hands for a good fit.
3.Provide an effective barrier against a variety of chemicals.
4.Comfortable when worn for long periods.
5.Their dark colors (blue or black) help in the identification of punctures.
6.Resistant to numerous chemicals.
7.Particularly important and used in cases of latex allergy.
8.Can be used in high-risk cases involving infection.
Myths and Facts on dentists nitrile gloves
There are several myths prevailing about gloves and their performance. Knowing these myths and their realities is important to select the right glove for each task performance. These myths include the following.
Myth1: Textured gloves provide superior grip
Fact: About disposable gloves, it is thought that the more textured they are the better grip they provide. However, texture plays an insignificant role in grip and smooth-surfaced gloves can also provide better grip. The grip largely depends on the surface treatment of the glove such as surface chlorination and coating. Chlorination alters the surface characteristics and produces a lower-tack, tough shell surrounding the glove, while also reducing the surface tack over the glove.
Myth2: Gloves can be 100% single material composition
Fact: It is frequently claimed by glove suppliers that the composition of their gloves is "100%" pure, containing only the specified material. However, practically it is not possible to manufacture usable gloves of any material including nitrile, NRL, or latex without additives. Incorporating cross-linking agents, curatives, and accelerators to natural latex and nitrile exam gloves is important to produce strong and durable gloves. As for vinyl, plasticizers and activation agents are needed for strength. Additionally, most gloves also contain surfactants that support film formulation.
Myth3: Fillers reduce glove performance
Fact: Fillers are added in gloves in significant amounts. While fillers reduce the cost of the gloves, they also help to improve certain glove characteristics such as tear strength in natural latex gloves, improved via calcium carbonate fillers. However, the key is moderation, and up to 15% filler content can be added. Beyond this can negatively impact the glove’s performance.
Myth4: The term ‘powder-free’ denotes clean gloves
Fact: The procedure used to make a glove "powder-free" does leave residual chemicals on the surface of the gloves. The process of removing powder from the glove is done commonly by their surface treatment. The types of surface treatments include chlorination and adding of a polymer coating or wax. The gloves are washed before packing in the traditional process of chlorination. The purpose of washing the gloves is to remove any residues from them.
Myth5: Low-cost gloves save you money
Fact: Choosing gloves entirely based on their price is a great mistake one would make. The value of the glove lies in more than just its cost. Other than price, durability, productivity, and safety risks also play an important part.
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