Date: Fri, 22 Sep 1995 11:54:25 EDT

From: Undetermined origin c/o LISTSERV maintainer


Subject: Re: 'dental dam'

Jesse's definition of "dental dam" is fine, but I'd like to add that

they were originally introduced for use in certain kinds of dental

surgery (hence the name), I think to reduce the risk of infection by

protecting an open wound in the mouth from infection by the dentist's

hand and/or to protect any microscopic cuts on the dentist's hand from

possible infection by the patient's blood. (My dentist wears rubber

gloves instead, which is much easier for me to deal with.)

Vicki Rosenzweig

vr%acmcr.uucp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

New York, NY