Latex Safe Dental Practice – Latex-Free Dentistry
We take latex allergies seriously.
The Brandywine Smile Center has been latex-safe dental office for more than fifteen years. Latex- allergies are more common than ever and generally develop after repeated exposure to materials with natural rubber latex. When products or equipment that contain latex come into contact with mucous membranes, the membranes can react to these proteins and trigger and immune response. In some individuals this allergic reaction can be life-threatening.
We have eliminated all dental products that contain latex from the office. We don’t believe it’s enough to just change to non-latex gloves when treating an allergic patient. Most latex allergic individuals developed the allergy after repeated exposures. Those most as risk are health care workers. So for the health and safety of our employees, and the well-being of all of our latex allergic patients, we maintain a latex-safe office.
Why not “latex-free”? While we purchase products and supplies that contain no latex. We cannot speak for what other patients may bring into the office with them. So we prefer to refer to our practice as “Latex-Safe”. If you or someone you know has had a prior allergic reaction to latex containing objects, please consult with a physician to determine the best strategy for dealing with a latex allergy
If you have had a prior allergic reaction to latex-containing products, please consults your physician and work to eliminate the cause of the allergens. Always inform your dental staff and all healthcare workers so that all of the appropriate precautions can be taken. Your health is our concern.
For more information on latex allergies visit www.latexallergyresources.org
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