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Understanding the Purpose of a Face Mask

A medical face mask, sometimes called a full face mask, is designed to be worn primarily by medical personnel during medical procedures. The clear color of the mask is designed to be worn on the outside, while the white colored inner layer is to be kept on the patient’s mouth. This particular type of mask also is a very popular choice among cosmetic dentists.

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These types of masks are generally placed over the patient’s mouth and nose and then secured around the neck to ensure that they are securely in place. Some masks are used to cover the patient’s entire head and neck area so that an airway can be maintained open.

A face mask has come a long way from its original use, originally, used to protect an officer from smoke and the fumes from an engine. As time passed, doctors realized that this was more effective than goggles and helmets for those who were being subjected to chemicals or explosives.

A face mask can be made from any material, including latex, a material that can be purchased in most dental offices. Latex is a very versatile material, it can be molded to fit the shape of a patient’s face and is also lightweight. The cost of these masks can vary greatly. While some masks can cost hundreds of dollars, others can cost less than fifty dollars. For this reason, it is imperative that you do thorough research into which type of mask will best suit your needs.

When choosing a face mask, it is important to select one that is durable and easy to clean. One of the most important things to remember when selecting a mask is that it must have a ventilation hole, otherwise it may not be effective. Make sure that the mask does not have a flange which will block the airflow, because this will cause the patient to experience discomfort or even damage to their teeth. It is important to understand that if a face mask does not fit properly the patient may not be able to breathe properly and will suffer from the discomfort for prolonged periods of time.

Once you have completed the research that is necessary to choose the correct mask for you, it is time to follow your doctor’s orders. One of the best places to purchase a medical face mask is at a specialty store that sells dental products. These stores often carry the latest advances in medical technology and design products. If you are a dentist yourself, consider consulting with your dental hygienist before purchasing a mask to ensure that you have the perfect fit.

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