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Disposable Surgical Medical Face Masks and N95 Respirators
As there is a world wide shortage of Disposable Surgical Medical Face Masks Because of the CoronaVirus. These are Special Order and there are no returns. The sale of this item is subject to regulation by the U.S. FDA and therefore is Non Returnable. Once the Order is Placed we can not Cancel the Order as it goes to the Warehouse that ships the product out as fast as possible to Help those in Need.
We have all these Face Masks in Stock and Ready to ship. 1 to 5 Days Delivery Time
Personal Protective Equipment Disposable Dental Face Masks
Face Mask Levels
Our inventory of products are rated on the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). The three levels consist of:
ASTM Level 1 – Low fluid resistance
ASTM Level 2 – Moderate fluid resistance
ASTM Level 3 – High fluid resistance
When choosing your specific face mask, make sure you choose the appropriate level in which procedures you will be preforming. Our masks include ear loop masks, procedure masks, respirators, surgical masks and face shield masks.
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Lions Dental- Medical Face Masks
Lions Dental is your number one source for medical face masks and surgical face masks. It is our goal to provide you and your staff with the highest quality of personal protection products and service solutions. Our infection prevention and solutions page is a great resource center to learn more about the safety and health precautions your practice should be taking.
We carry a large variety of face mask products. These should be worn both by healthcare workers and patients when necessary. When wearing our products properly, they will guard against large splashes, droplets or sprays from entering the nasal and oral regions.
Licensed Medical Professionals turn to Lions Dental/Medical Supply as their source for medical face masks and surgical face masks.
Lions Medical is a leading distributor to health care providers
Wearing a surgical Face mask may help prevent influenza, according to some studies, as the virus spreads through droplets in the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. A mask could protect you from inhaling these droplets if it were worn consistently and fully covered the mouth and nose. the CDC recommends covering your mouth with a Disposable Face mask or face cover.
The coronavirus, while not the flu, does cause flu-like symptoms in those who have contracted it. Health officials believe the virus was initially transmitted from animals to humans, but that human-to-human transmission of the illness is now occurring.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only recommends Disposable Surgical face masks or Face covers for everyone now
Dr. Frank Esper, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, said some really sick people should wear a Face mask.
"If they are coughing, if they are feeling like they have symptoms, we do ask them to put on Disposable face mask when they are coming to our waiting room or ER or into a public space," he said. "It helps prevent the spread of infection."
Health officials are concerned the rapid spread of the virus could mimic the outbreak of the SARS virus in the early 2000's, during which many people also wore Disposable Face masks for protection.
Following the SARS outbreak, which also originated in China, researchers in Australia tested data that suggested transmission of the viral respiratory infection was significantly reduced with the use of Disposable face masks as well as other infection control measures.
The study, published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases in 2008, found that Disposable Face masks were 80% effective in protecting against clinical influenza-like illness when worn consistently. There wasn't much difference between the two types of Face masks tested — P2 face masks and Disposable surgical Face masks — according to the study. So taking steps to clean everything you touch with Disinfectant and wearing Disposable Surgical Face masks will help prevent the spread of any virus.
Right now in the USA and in China . there is a run on Disposable Triple Layer Face masks. People and Hospitals are buying up all the face masks they can get. China who makes the Disposable face masks are already running out of face masks. they are trying to source stock from around the world to send back to China and meet demand.
Our Disposable Medical Face Masks are 3 Layer construction: made of non-woven fiber fabric with 3 layer, soft and breathable, provides a effective protect; They are hypoallergenic, non-toxic and suitable for sensitive skin with zero chemical smell for your comfort and enjoyment.
High weaving professional surgical Medical mask is suitable for hospital care, allergy mask, sanitary masks, pollen mask, hospital masks, procedure mask, dental clinic, home cleaning, sanitary masks, surgical, flu, dentists etc.
Filtering facepiece respirators (FFR), which are sometimes called disposable respirators, are subject to various regulatory
standards around the world. These standards specify certain required physical properties and performance characteristics in
order for respirators to claim compliance with the particular standard. During pandemic or emergency situations, health
authorities often reference these standards when making respirator recommendations, stating, for example, that certain
populations should use an “N95 masks, FFP2 masks, or equivalent” face masks respirator.
• N95 masks (United States NIOSH-42CFR84)
• FFP2 Masks (Europe EN 149-2001)
• KN95 Masks (China GB2626-2006)
• P2 Masks (Australia/New Zealand AS/NZA 1716:2012)
• Korea 1st class (Korea KMOEL - 2017-64)
• DS (Japan JMHLW-Notification 214, 2018)
As shown in the following summary table, Face Mask respirators certified as meeting these standards can be expected to function very
similarly to one another, based on the performance requirements stated in the standards and confirmed during conformity
One notable comparison point is the flow rates specified by these standards for the inhalation and exhalation resistance
tests. Inhalation resistance testing flow rates range from 40 to 160L/min. Exhalation resistance testing flow rates range from
30 to 95 L/min. Some countries require testing to be performed at multiple flow rates, others at only the high or low end of
those ranges. Although this appears to suggest that the standards’ requirements for breathing resistance (also called “pressure
drop”) differ from each other, it’s important to understand that pressure drop across any filter will naturally be higher at
higher flow rates and lower at lower flow rates. Given typical pressure curves for respirator filters, the standards’ various
pressure drop requirements are actually quite similar.
Filter performance – the filter is evaluated to measure the reduction in concentrations of specific aerosols in air that passes
through the filter.
Test agent - the aerosol that is generated during the filter performance test.
Total inward leakage (TIL) – the amount of a specific aerosol that enters the tested respirator facepiece via both filter
penetration and faceseal leakage, while a wearer performs a series of exercises in a test chamber.
Inward leakage (IL)– the amount of a specific aerosol that enters the tested respirator facepiece, while a wearer performs a
normal breathing for 3 minutes in a test chamber. The test aerosol size (count median diameter) is about 0.5 micro meter.
Pressure drop – the resistance air is subjected to as it moves through a medium, such as a Face Mask respirator filter.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of a Medical Face Mask?
In the Operating Room (OR), surgical masks protect the sterile field from possible contamination, primarily as a result of coughing, sneezing or talking. A mask may also protect clinicians from the byproducts of surgical procedures such as bone chips, splashes of body fluids, and smoke plume resulting from laser or electrosurgical techniques.
What is the difference between a surgical mask and a procedure mask?
A surgical mask is used inside the operating room or during other sterile procedure areas to protect the patient environment from contamination. Surgical masks have ties so that they can be adjusted for fit, and are tied over the top of a surgical or bouffant cap.
A procedure mask is used for performing patient procedures, or when patients are in isolation to protect them from potential contaminants. They are used for 'respiratory etiquette' to prevent people from spreading germs via talking, coughing, or sneezing. Procedure masks have ear loops for quick donning, and since they do not slide on the hair can be worn without a surgical cap.
How long is my face mask effective?
A mask should be worn for only one patient procedure or visit. If a mask gets wet or soiled it should be replaced.
Why is the fit of a mask important?
A mask is only as effective as its fit. There should be no gaps along the side, around the nose or under the chin that would allow air and droplets to bypass the filter medium. A well-fitting mask stays in place over the nose and cheeks and even a regular mask will prevent fogging of eyeglasses if it fits properly. Masks should not be worn underneath the nose or dangling around the neck — they should either be fully on, or disposed of.
How do I ensure a good fit?
The most important consideration is the nose piece. It should mold over the nose and cheeks and maintain its shape over time. It should not kink or break when adjusted. The upper tie should sit at the crown of the head, and the lower tie should be tied behind the neck to hold the sides of the mask against the face to prevent any gaping.
What is the difference between a medical mask and a respirator?
Medical masks (surgical/procedure masks) are loose fitting masks that cover the mouth and nose. A respirator is designed to reduce exposure to airborne contaminants. Known airborne pathogens include TB, SARS, Anthrax, and Hanta virus. Respirators must be individually selected to fit the wearers face and shown to provide a good seal. They also must be certified by NIOSH, and used within a comprehensive respiratory program including fit testing and training.
Surgical Face Masks (Face Masks)
A surgical mask is a loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment. Surgical masks are regulated under 21 CFR 878.4040. Surgical masks are not to be shared and may be labeled as surgical, isolation, dental, or medical procedure masks. They may come with or without a face shield. These are often referred to as face masks, although not all face masks are regulated as surgical masks.
Surgical masks are made in different thicknesses and with different ability to protect you from contact with liquids. These properties may also affect how easily you can breathe through the face mask and how well the surgical mask protects you.
If worn properly, a surgical mask is meant to help block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays, or splatter that may contain germs (viruses and bacteria), keeping it from reaching your mouth and nose. Surgical masks may also help reduce exposure of your saliva and respiratory secretions to others.
While a surgical mask may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, a face mask, by design, does not filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures. Surgical masks also do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants because of the loose fit between the surface of the face mask and your face.
Surgical masks are not intended to be used more than once. If your mask is damaged or soiled, or if breathing through the mask becomes difficult, you should remove the face mask, discard it safely, and replace it with a new one. To safely discard your mask, place it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash. Wash your hands after handling the used mask.
An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles.
The 'N95' designation means that when subjected to careful testing, the respirator blocks at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 micron) test particles. If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of N95 respirators exceed those of face masks. However, even a properly fitted N95 respirator does not completely eliminate the risk of illness or death.
Comparing Surgical Masks and Surgical N95 Respirators
The FDA regulates surgical masks and surgical N95 respirators differently based on their intended use.
A surgical mask is a loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment. These are often referred to as face masks, although not all face masks are regulated as surgical masks. Note that the edges of the mask are not designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth.
An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. Note that the edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s.
The similarities among surgical masks and surgical N95s are:
They are tested for fluid resistance, filtration efficiency (particulate filtration efficiency and bacterial filtration efficiency), flammability and biocompatibility.
They should not be shared or reused.
General N95 Respirator Precautions
People with chronic respiratory, cardiac, or other medical conditions that make breathing difficult should check with their health care provider before using an N95 respirator because the N95 respirator can make it more difficult for the wearer to breathe. Some models have exhalation valves that can make breathing out easier and help reduce heat build-up. Note that N95 respirators with exhalation valves should not be used when sterile conditions are needed.
All FDA-cleared N95 respirators are labeled as "single-use," disposable devices. If your respirator is damaged or soiled, or if breathing becomes difficult, you should remove the respirator, discard it properly, and replace it with a new one. To safely discard your N95 respirator, place it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash. Wash your hands after handling the used respirator.
N95 respirators are not designed for children or people with facial hair. Because a proper fit cannot be achieved on children and people with facial hair, the N95 respirator may not provide full protection.
ASTM Mask Levels: What Should Dental Hygienists Wear?
There are a ton of different types of masks on the market. Dental masks vary in level, color and patterns, fit, comfort, and price. However, are we buying and using the correct mask for the procedures we are performing daily? As dental professionals, mask level is not something that is always thought about routinely. Some may not even realize the level indicator on the box even means something. This article will break down each level and show us what we need to stay protected while doing the job we love.
The level is one of the most important aspects of a mask. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) have defined mask levels and when dental professionals should be using which level mask throughout different procedures. Even though the higher level mask usually equals a higher price, we need to protect ourselves. Aerosols, and how to reduce them, continue to be a big topic. We need to know how to protect ourselves with proper protective equipment, but also reduce aerosols utilizing the high-volume evacuation when necessary.
Masks are broken down into three levels; 1, 2 and 3. Level 1 is considered low barrier. The procedures included in wearing a level 1 mask safely consist of exams, operatory cleaning, taking impressions, laboratory work, and orthodontics. That’s it! That does not include a prophylaxis or non-surgical periodontal therapy.2
Level 2 masks are considered moderate barrier. Moderate barrier considers aerosols and splatter to be moderately generated. Procedures include prophylaxis, non-surgical periodontal therapy, endodontics, sealants, restorative, and limited oral surgery. So now we know where our procedures stand as dental hygienists. But keep reading, because it is about to go one step further regarding what we are using to perform these procedures. 2
Level 3 masks are considered high barrier. This includes procedures where heavy amounts of fluid, splatter, and aerosols are produced. Procedures include the use of an ultrasonic scaler, use of an air polisher, crown preparation, implant placement, periodontal surgery, and complex oral surgery. 2
As dental hygienists, we are, or certainly should be, using an ultrasonic scaler on our patients. The benefits speak for themselves from an oral health perspective, as well as ergonomics for the clinician. Therefore, if you are using an ultrasonic or air polisher, a level 3 mask should be worn!
Now that the masks levels have been explained, it is the decision of the dental professional to choose if they want to purchase multiple levels for the office or stick to the highest level, so the provider is always covered. It may suit an office to work in a level 3 mask during ultrasonic instrumentation and discard it after the procedure. When returning to the operatory to disinfect, the dental professional can put on a level 1 mask for protection.
To dive a little deeper into mask safety, it is important to change the mask after every patient. In addition, masks should be changed if working in an environment of high aerosols production every 20 minutes. Lastly, the way the mask is worn is also extremely important. There is a front and back to a mask. One side should go toward your eyes, the other toward your chin. The mask should be pulled fully over the nose, mouth, and chin to be fully protected. 2 Simply put, wear the mask correctly to protect yourself.
Dental hygienists, dentists, and dental assistants fall into the top 5 jobs that are most damaging to our health.1 By wearing proper protective equipment such as masks, glasses, gown, and gloves, we can help ourselves stay healthy!
From Today's RDH
Increasing Pollen Rates Affect COVID Infection Rates
A new study found that pollen—which is also being affected by climate change—can help explain additional COVID infection rates during the Spring when tree allergies become dominant. How much of an impact? Based on these data, an increase of pollen abundance by 100 grains per cubic meter of air resulted in an average increase in infection rates of 4 percent. The results are published in PNAS titled “Higher Airborne Pollen Concentrations Correlated with Increased SARS-CoV-2 Infection Rates.”
“We tested for relationships between SARS-CoV-2 infection rates and pollen concentrations, along with humidity, temperature, population density,” said Lewis Ziska, PhD, professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and a co-author. “We found that spring pollen, sometimes in synergy with humidity and temperature, explained, on average, 44 percent of the infection rate variability. Without lockdown, an increase in pollen abundance resulted in a 4 percent average increase in infection rates. A strict lockdown cut the increase by half.”
In the spring of 2020, the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic appeared to coincide with the tree pollen season in the northern hemisphere. These observations prompted an international team headed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and to conduct an extensive investigation. The team collected data on airborne pollen concentrations, weather conditions and SARS-CoV-2 infections – taking into consideration the variation of infection rates from one day to another and the total number of positive tests. In their calculations, the team also included data on population density and the effects of lockdown measures. The researchers analyzed pollen data from 130 stations in 31 countries on 5 continents.
The team showed that in some German cities, concentrations of up to 500 pollen grains per cubic meter per day were recorded during the study – which led to an overall increase in infection rates of more than 20 percent. In regions where lockdown rules were in effect, however, the infection numbers were on average only half as high at comparable pollen concentrations.
High pollen concentrations lead to a weaker immune response in airways to viruses that can cause coughs and colds. When a virus enters the body, infected cells usually send out messenger proteins. This is also the case with SARS-CoV-2. These proteins, known as antiviral interferons, signal nearby cells to escalate their antiviral defenses to keep the invaders at bay. Additionally, appropriate inflammation response is activated to fight the viruses.
But as the researchers explained, if airborne pollen concentrations are high, and pollen grains are inhaled with the virus particles, fewer antiviral interferons are generated. The beneficial inflammatory response itself is also affected. Therefore, on days with a high concentration of pollen, it can lead to an increase in the number of respiratory illnesses. This also holds true for COVID-19. Whether individuals are allergic to the different pollen types is irrelevant.
The author caution that people in high-risk groups should, therefore, be informed that high levels of airborne pollen concentrations lead to an increased susceptibility to viral respiratory tract infections. They can protect themselves by watching pollen forecasts and by wearing dust filter masks. They further emphasize that when studying the spread of SARS-CoV-2, environmental factors such as pollen must be taken into account. Increased awareness of these effects are an important step in preventing and mitigating the impact of COVID-19.
Co-authors are Athanasios Damialis, Stefanie Gilles, Franziska Kolek, Daniela Bayr, Maria Plaza, Sigrid Kaschuba, Vivien Leier-Wirtz, and Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Technical University of Munich; Mikhail Sofiev, Viktoria Sofieva, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki; Leonard Bielory, Rutgers University; László Makra, University of Szeged, Hungary; and Maria del Mar Trigo, University of Malaga, Spain.
Where to Buy Face Masks Online Right Now 2021
In order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC recommends everyone wear a face mask (or two) in public. This is especially important now that we have seen new, more contagious COVID variants rapidly spreading in the United States and abroad. According to Dr. Sten Vermund, an infectious-disease epidemiologist and dean of the Yale School of Public Health who published a study on the subject, “many types of masks can essentially block droplet transmission. If you aerosolized the virus, it might seep through a lot of masks, but when most people cough, the aerosol released is a small volume and the droplet is a large volume. So if you block the droplets, you may substantially reduce exposure.”
Dr. Purvi Parikh, an immunologist with NYU Langone Health who was involved in two of the COVID vaccine trials, says, “We’re finding that upwards of 50 percent of cases are happening by asymptomatic spread. So even if you’ve been vaccinated, it is crucial to continue to wear masks because we know the vaccine prevents you from getting symptomatically sick, but we don’t know for sure yet if the vaccine will prevent you from passing the virus without symptoms.” Outdoors continues to be safer than indoors, but you should still wear a mask while walking with a friend in the park and stay at least six feet away — if not more. “We say six feet as the general marker, but we’ve seen evidence that the virus can spread at ten feet or 12 feet.” For times when you can’t avoid spending more time in close quarters with other people, like on a plane or at a doctor’s appointment, doubling up on masks (like we saw a lot of at the inauguration) is an easy way to lower your risk.
We asked Vermund and Dr. Scott Segal, chairman of anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health, for insight into choosing the best mask for you. Because there is a shortage, and because they are among the most at risk, health-care workers like doctors and nurses should be one of the few groups of people wearing N95 masks. However, there are a few U.S. manufacturers currently having trouble selling their N95s because of the regulations Facebook, Amazon, and Google put on mask advertising. In these cases, regular citizens can help support those businesses while getting high-quality N95 masks for themselves. Otherwise, that leaves fabric and disposable masks (we’ve rounded up the best of those, too) for the rest of us. Segal conducted a study on the efficacy of different materials used for fabric masks and says you want to look for thick, tightly woven cotton like the kinds used for quilting or batik. These are better at filtering small particles close to the size of a virus (0.3 to 0.5 microns). “Our general guidance is to do a quick light test,” Segal says. If you can see light passing through the material when you hold it up to bright light or the sun, it’s less likely to be a good filter. (Soon consumers will have a lot more than the number of layers, type of material, and the light test to go by when picking a mask. A division of the CDC is working with ASTM International to create a set of filtration standards for masks. Once the standards become public, companies will be able to have their masks tested at a third-party lab and, if the masks pass, carry labels saying so.)
Segal and Vermund also note that your mask should be both comfortable and fit tightly to your face, but it obviously shouldn’t be so tight or so thick as to impede your breathing. To help find the right face mask for you, we tested 75 of them (so far) on the basis of fit, breathability, style, and whether they pass Segal’s light test. Below are our favorites. We will continue to update this article with new information and edit the list as new masks are wear-tested.