What Is A Dental Bib? - Primo Dental Products

What Dental Bibs Used For?

Dental bibs are used primarily in dental procedures to keep the patient dry while also maintaining a solid barrier for any bacteria. While dentists have historically been the primary customers of dental bibs, there are many other industries where dental bibs can and are used.

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As the product name suggests, dental bibs are most commonly used by dentists. Dental bibs are expected to be worn by patients during any dental procedures. Using dental bib clips, the dental bib is worn over the body. With the potential for heavy fluid exposure, the dental bib keeps the patient clean and dry as the dentist conducts their procedure.

Tattoo Parlors

Tattoo parlors are filled with aerosols, fluids and ink. To help reduce cross-contamination, dental bibs, also known as tattoo bibs, can be used in a variety of ways to maintain a safe working environment. Tattoo artists sometimes provide dental bibs to customers to prevent fluids from getting on to the customer. They can also be used as a lap cloth or table cover for a tattoo artist’s instruments. The absorbent fluid tissue and polyurethane backing means that the tools will not leak on to the surface below it. 

Nail Salons

Similar to tattoo parlors, nail salons are filled with a combination of aerosols, fluids and chemicals. To ensure a clean space, dental bibs can be used to maintain a safe environment for both the customers and employees. The most common use cases of dental bibs within a nail salon is as an equipment or tray cover for their tools. It is best practice to keep many of their tools as clean or sterile as possible. By using dental bibs as equipment or tray covers, nail salons can ensure that their tools are kept as hygienic as possible. In addition, dental bibs may be given to a customer to ensure that any nail polish or any other fluids do not spill onto them during nail procedures.

Are Patient Bibs The Same As Dental Bibs?

Patient bibs are the same as dental bibs. While it may be marketed as patient bibs, rest assured that these are the same products. To check if they are the same product, look to see if they are multi ply bibs with both a tissue and polyurethane side. This will ensure that these bibs are both water absorbent and water resistant.

What Size Do Dental Bibs Come In?

The most common size that dental bibs come in are 13 inches by 18 inches. While there are other sizes available, this is the standard size for all dental bibs. This size comfortably provides enough surface coverage when worn as a dental bib during a dental procedure. This size also provides more than adequate surface area when used to hold the tools for tattoo artists and nail salons.

What Are Dental Bibs Made Of?

Dental bibs are made of multiple layers of tissue and polyurethane material. You will see dental or patient bibs marketed by their ply. It is most common to see dental bibs come in 2 or 3 ply. The ply most commonly refers to how many layers of tissue paper are included in the bib. The more tissue ply means that there material can absorb any fluids or liquids. While some may prefer 3 ply tissue, it is most common to see professionals go for 2 ply tissue for their patient bib needs.

The other component material of a dental bib is the polyurethane side. This material is what provides the dental bib with its water resistance. To identify which side of a dental bib is the polyurethane side, look to find the side that is shinier. This is the side that is touching the patient when used as a traditional dental bib. When a dental bib is used to hold tools, the polyurethane side should be touching the surface. This ensures that the tools are absorbed by the tissue side while the polyurethane side provides a barrier to ensure that the surface or table does not get wet or damp.

What Makes A Good Dental Bib?

A good dental bib should be both highly absorbent and provide solid liquid protection. The tissue paper should be absorbent while the polyurethane should ensure that liquid does not escape the bib itself. It is important to also ensure that dental bib does not easily rip. Low quality dental bibs will use cheaper raw materials including lower quality tissue paper and polyurethane. This will result in dental bibs that are more susceptible to ripping while also not providing the same level of liquid absorbency or fluid protection. While it may be tempting to save a few dollars, higher quality dental bibs will pay off much more in the long term.

Where To Buy Dental Bibs? 

Primo Dental Products is a trusted dental products manufacturer. We have been in the dental business for decades and have focused on identifying the best manufacturers for all of our dental products. Our dental bibs are proudly made in the USA and come in a variety of colors. These dental bibs are used by thousands of dentists, tattoo artists and nail salons across the country. Because we work directly with the factory, we are able to offer these high quality made in USA dental bibs at the best prices. Our Made in USA bibs are a better value than the lower quality foreign made disposable dental bibs found on other websites.

We offer our dental bibs in a variety of colors. All of the products are in stock and ship directly from our warehouse in New Jersey. We ship exclusively with FedEx and offer free shipping on all orders above $50.

Why Use Disposable Dental Bibs?

Dental bibs are a must have for any dental office. They keep the patient's clothes clean and protected while they're in the chair. This not only protects their clothing, but it also reduces the risk of cross-contamination between patients. One question that many dentists may ask themselves is "why use disposable dental bibs?" It's important to answer this question because there are many benefits that come when you make this switch from reusable dental bibs to disposable ones!

One of the most important benefits to disposable dental bibs is that they are more sanitary. They can be thrown away after being used, which means there's no need for them to be washed or stored between patients. It also eliminates a large risk of cross-contamination because it will keep all other surfaces in your office clean.

Another benefit to disposable dental bibs is that they are affordable. While reusable bibs may seem like a good idea, the added costs of maintaining clean dental bibs along with the patient concerns of the spread of COVID-19 makes reusable bibs not worth the hassle. With disposable dental bibs, you don't have to worry about cross- contamination because they don't need to be washed or stored between patients and are eliminated a large risk of cross-contamination because it will keep all other surfaces in your office clean!

Disposable dental bibs also have uses outside the dental office. Tattoo parlors and nail salons can also find a use for these dental bibs to keep their workplaces sanitary at an economical cost. 

Is a Dental Bib Considered a Gown?

The word 'gown' is a general term for any garment worn on the upper part of the body and covers clothing such as shirts, blouses, dresses or skirts. The word also refers to a medical gown which is a type of protective clothing that's typically used by surgeons during surgery. A dental bib counts as an article of clothing but it does not fall under the definition of a gown.

While both items can provide protection in an environment where there will be airborne and liquid particles, there are major differences between a gown and a disposable dental bib. One of the major obvious differences between these two items is their sizes.  A gown is generally larger than a dental bib and covers the person's entire body. A dental bib, on the other hand, only protects the person from harmful particles that would be sprayed by water or saliva in their mouth. Dental bibs are usually 13 inches by 18 inches big and can cover less than the top half of their body, if it is being worn around the patient's neck.

Additionally, gowns are made of a thicker material than dental bibs. As they provide protection from liquid and particles, it is important for the garment to hold up against these forces without tearing or becoming soaked in water or saliva. This means that sleeves should be long enough so that when the person puts their arms fully outstretched on either side. Dental bibs are usually made of multiple layers of tissue as well as one layer of  poly backing to protect patients from fluids and spray.

How To Choose a Dental Bib?

Choosing the right bib for your needs can be difficult, so it's important to know what you should look for. It is important to understand the differences and what are must haves for a good disposable dental bib. 

The size of the bib is extremely important. Bibs that are too big will not protect your clothes from getting wet, and if they're too small you'll have a hard time reaching down to wipe up any mess. As previously stated, the standard size of a dental bib is 13 inches by 18 inches. This provides adequate coverage for most situations but does not provide full body fluid protection like a patient gown would.

Dental bibs are composed of two different materials. The one side should consist of multiple ply of tissue paper. The tissue paper side is designed to be worn on the outside and is built to absorb any liquids as not to spill onto the patient. The other side should consist of poly material. This material should be worn on the inside facing the patient. This material is waterproof and should prevent any the absorbed liquid from the tissue side from reaching the patient. 

The dental bib should be a snug fit on the patient. If it is too loose, fluids can escape onto the patient and if it's too tight, it can be uncomfortable to wear for the patient.

The final thing to test for when choosing the right dental bib is to ensure that the materials are strong enough to prevent tearing.  The material should be flexible and durable to avoid any rips or tears. Dental bibs are expected to be worn by patients and can come in contact with equipment used by dentists, nail salon professionals and tattoo artists. Some of these pieces of equipment can be sharp. A strong, durable dental bib should be able to take incidental or minor contact with these pieces of professional equipment and prevent piercing or tearing. If the dental bib is not made from high quality material, it may be more susceptible to tearing and rips. If this happens, fluids can escape onto the patient.

Is a Dental Bib Considered PPE?

There are many types of personal protective equipment (PPE) that dentists can wear in order to protect themselves from their patients. Dental bibs by themselves do not provide enough full coverage as full personal protective equipment, but when used with other types including gowns, disposable faces mask and disposable gloves, dental bibs can be used to provide a full layer of protection to keep safe from COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens and viruses.

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