WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (Jan. 6, 2011)—ASTM Committee D11 on Rubber is developing a standard for dental dams, rectangular sheets of latex used to isolate specific teeth during dental procedures.
Testing laboratories, as well as manufacturers of dental dams, exercise bands, rubber bands and tourniquets will be the primary users of a proposed new ASTM standard on dental dams, the committee said.
The standard—ASTM WK28312, Test Method for Quantitation of Powder on Dental Dams, is being developed by Subcommittee D11.40 on Consumer Rubber Products, ASTM Committee D11 said.
Donning powders are used in the manufacturing process to lubricate rubber products so they will not stick together and to facilitate the ease of donning on a form or hand-form, according to the committee. The proposed new standard will allow dental dam manufacturers to be able to detect the level of powders in their manufacturing process and eventually produce lower powder-containing dental dam.
ASTM Committee D11 will next meet June 13-16 in Anaheim. The technical contact for the standard is Kelly Horton, laboratory director at LEAP Testing Service, who encourages interested parties to join the committee on the standard development, Horton can be reached at (570) 882-4645; e-mail [email protected]