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Quintessence Int 23 (1992), No. 9     1. Sep. 1992
Quintessence Int 23 (1992), No. 9  (01.09.1992)

Page 599-604


Clinical significance of holes in gloves for dental use: a spectrophotometric analysis
Checchi / Montebugnoli / D'Achille / Boschi / Conti
The aim of this study on latex dental gloves was to establis whether there is any relationship between faults that are detected by filling with water and the entry of liquid into the gloves during use. Twenty-four gloves of different sizes were examined. Large and small holes randomly distributed on the index, middle, and ring fingers, were made in the gloves. The gloves were filled with water and squeezed to detect the amount of water escaping. A mass spectrophotometer was used with the same gloves to quantify the entry of an aqueous solution of potassium bichromate during work. The filling method was effective for revealing all faults in gloves, but it was not able to determine whether there would be fluid entry through the holes during work. While the size of the holes was not predictive for the amount of liquid entering the glove, adherence of the glove to the hand was. Holes of the same size allowed a greater entry of contaminated liquid in adherent gloves than in looser ones.