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Question about safety precautions

05/04/2004

Question:

Thank you in advance for your help. If a dentist uses gloves, and a paper face mask, but does not wear protective eyewear, or just uses regular prescription glasses, should this worry their patient.

Answer:

The rules in Ohio state a dentist must wear gloves, mask and glasses (or a face shield) when spattering of blood or other body fluids is likely.  The glasses can be regular prescription glasses, but they must have protective side shields.

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Response by:

Michele P Carr, RDH,  MA Michele P Carr, RDH, MA
Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene
Associate Professor of HS Nursing Quality & Research
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University