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The Different Uses of a Face Mask

A face mask, or also called a facial mask, is designed to be worn only by medical professionals during certain medical procedures. Although commonly used in dental offices, facial masks are also used by emergency workers and others who deal with patients who have been injured or ill. Facial masks work by trapping particles of blood, irritants, and bacteria, keeping them from entering the nasal and respiratory passages.

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A face mask is designed to provide protection for the throat and mouth areas from inhaled particles that can become lodged in the breathing passageways. The nose is another area that can become infected through infection of the mucous membranes. Therefore, a face mask is used to provide adequate ventilation and air to allow clean breathing. They are most often worn on patients that are at high risk for infection such as those with diabetes, AIDS, and cancer.

When wearing a face mask in a dental office, a person will need to wear a protective face shield that helps prevent germs from entering the patient’s mouth. The mask should fit tightly over the patient’s head and neck and is worn for a limited time. If a dental procedure is being performed and the patient is experiencing an allergic reaction, it may be necessary to remove the face shield prior to the procedure. To do so, the mouth guard should be taken off. The mouth guard should then be replaced.

Face masks have different functions for different uses. Some work to keep people cool; for instance, those designed for hospitals and clinics will keep patients warm by trapping sweat and moisture that are removed through the nasal passages. In a dental office, face masks provide a barrier against bacteria and other irritants, keeping the patient’s teeth from becoming stained and discolored. Some masks also provide a barrier to keep water and other liquids from entering the nostrils.

Face masks help keep a patient comfortable while performing routine procedures or taking a bath, as it can be difficult to wash your hands while holding onto a mask while sitting in a tub. If the face mask is removed, the patient can breathe through the mouthpiece. If there is any pressure on the nose or throat, the patient can breathe normally. If the patient is allergic to latex or similar materials, he or she can still take a bath, even if the face mask cannot be removed because of the allergy.

Medical personnel work hard to make sure they protect the face of their patients from bacteria and other irritants, but there are situations when it is difficult to remove the mask in order to wash your hands. A face shield is designed to provide protection and should be worn when performing these tasks. The device can come apart when not in use so that it can be placed in a plastic bag to be disposed of. When removed, the face mask can be stored in a plastic bag and washed with soap and water. The mask can be kept in a cupboard or in the dryer to keep the plastic from deteriorating.

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