A facial mask, also called a mouth guard, is worn by doctors during oral surgeries. It is designed for preventing infection in patients and effectively treating staff and patients by capturing bacteria shed in droplets from the patient’s mouth and nostrils.
When buying a face mask, it is important to take into consideration its suitability to your patient, your practice and the environment where it is to be used. You need to consider whether the face mask is going to be used in isolation, or if you will require multiple face masks for different patients. You also need to consider whether the mask is designed for specific needs, such as in dentistry or emergency care. Finally, you need to consider how easy it will be to clean.
There are four main types of face masks available. The first is called a full face shield, which is worn at the front of the mouth, on the top of the bridge, around the upper lip and over the lower teeth. This type of face mask is usually not suitable for children under 12 years old, and for children who chew gum or have open-jaw reflexes.
The second type is a nasal strip. This device is placed over the nose and can be removed to wash and clean the face or used to irrigate sinuses. It is made from a fabric that swells when it is wet, or a rubberized fabric material. In the full-face shield, the nasal strip can be removed to wash the face and rinse the mouth. This type of face mask is often unsuitable for children under 12 years old and has been shown to irritate the nose and cause ear pain.
A full face shield is usually made from an opaque fabric. A plastic strip is used on the bridge of the nose and around the bottom of the lips, and on top of the upper lip. These devices are worn in combination with a full face mask made of a clear acrylic, or clear polyester, mesh mask to provide full protection to the nose and mouth. They are also very comfortable to wear because of their low profile and easy to remove.
There are also several models of face masks that fit over the entire mouth. This allows a wider range of positions for the mask to be worn over the mouth. Some can also be fitted over the nose and chin. This makes it possible to get full facial coverage, without having to cover the nose or mouth, which means that the patient does not have to change position frequently. Most face masks can also be worn for extended periods of time without removing them.