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Protecting Your Hands from the Risks of Gloves!

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Understanding the Importance of Hand Protection in Dentistry

Hand protection and sparkling smiles are the standards for your dental practice. You want to protect your patients from cavities, we want to protect you from risks of wearing gloves all day. Wearing gloves is as crucial to protection as brushing your teeth is for oral hygiene in maintaining dental care. Gloves are there to protect you from pathogens and contaminants that could pose a health risk to yourself or your patient. Prioritizing hand hygiene and selecting the right glove are essential practices to uphold safety standards.

One of the biggest risks associated with wearing gloves for an extended period of time is the potential for skin issues due to the materials in some gloves. Take latex gloves for example, most people now have heard of latex allergies that have been known to cause irritation, allergic contact dermatitis, and glove sensitization. Understanding the risks and taking precautions with proper hand protection can ensure your well-being and your dental patients.

Risks Associated with Latex Gloves

Latex gloves have been the staple disposable glove of dental practices, health care workers, restaurant workers, plus so many more. However, over the past few years there has been a growing number of people using latex getting reactions from gloves. The American Dental Association has actually released a study talking about how natural rubber latex contains a protein that was causing allergic reactions. Synthetic rubber gloves, including nitrile and vinyl products, are not made with this protein.

The risks of latex rubber include skin problems such as irritation, allergic dermatitis, and sensitization. Reactions could manifest as redness, itching, and swelling impacting the comfort and safety of you and your dental patients. While most people disclosed a latex allergy, you also never want to be in a position where you might cause reactions in patients during procedures. 

Powdered latex gloves have actually been banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, because of the role powder plays in triggering an allergic response in susceptible individuals. The study also showed that oil-based hand lotions could damage latex gloves and increase the risk of an allergic reaction. So, all the people that would have irritated skin from gloves, that then take them off and apply lotion to try and provide relief, then put on a fresh pair of gloves were making it worse. 

So with the ban of powdered latex, nitrile and polypropylene have been the new glove used in dentistry. While there are still advantages and disadvantages for these gloves they are a vast improvement from their predecessor. 

Benefits of Aloe-Infused Gloves

Clinical Supply Company has been working on a way to not only help the sensitivity problem, but to find a glove that helps beyond just protecting hands. This is when they came up with their Aloe-SHIELD Advanced™ exam gloves. They are a nitrile based glove with aloe infused to provide your hands with a soothing coat all day long without impacting the glove. Aloe-infused gloves offer you a solution to enhance hand protection and comfort in your dental office. 

Apart from providing a natural moisturizing effect that benefits those with dry skin, these gloves also harness the antimicrobial properties of aloe vera to reduce the risk of contamination in clinical settings. Aloe vera gloves are also hypoallergenic, making them another option for those with latex allergies, or hypersensitivity to normal gloves. By incorporating aloe vera into our glove design your dentist and dental staff will all experience improved skin health and protection, while minimizing the potential for allergic reactions and microbial transmission.

For instance, let's say you are someone who frequently experiences dry and irritated skin from wearing traditional gloves during long procedures. By switching to aloe-infused gloves, you'll start to notice an improvement in your skin hydration and comfort, highlighting the advantages of this innovative glove technology in dental practice.

Common Issues Faced by Dental Professionals

You encounter many challenges throughout your day, but challenges related to glove usage could impact your performance and safety. Glove allergies characterized by symptoms like redness, itching, and swelling, pose an issue for those, like you, who rely on gloves for infection control. Prolonged glove use can lead to skin irritation and discomfort, or irritant contact dermatitis, which is the most common type of contact dermatitis.

Also, improper glove sizing can compromise tactile sensitivity and dexterity during intricate dental procedures, highlighting the importance of selecting gloves that fit well and provide adequate protection.

Importance of Choosing the Right Gloves

The use of gloves is unavoidable for the health and safety of your practice, but selecting the appropriate gloves is a critical decision to minimize the risk of infection and hand protection. Gloves used in dental settings should adhere to industry standards for barrier protection and material quality, offering reliable defense against contaminants and pathogens.

By choosing the right gloves for specific procedures, you can enhance safety measures and efficiency for patients during procedures and protection to your staff. This is why Clinical Supply Company has pushed the boundary on what the best glove for you might be. 

We have something for everyone and every procedure, whether you want better tactical dexterity, thinner glove design, soothing aloe-infusion, or just more fun colors than your traditional glove. Your staff and patients will be signing your praises for thinking of them when you bought our gloves. 

Conclusion: Ensuring Safe Glove Practices in Dental Environments

In conclusion, maintaining safe glove practices is important for keeping high standards for infection control and patient care. When you understand the disadvantages of gloves that aren’t made well or made to your specific needs, you give yourself and your staff the best chance of getting the perfect glove and improving your practice.

So for whatever glove you end up deciding to go with, remember Clinical Supply Company is here to help. And that training on glove safety and hygiene practices are important to promoting a culture of safety and well-being for your dental team and patients you serve.