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Level Face Masks in Dentistry: Which Types Are Right For You?

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Choosing the right dental face masks is imperative to protecting yourself and your patients. In this blog post, we will cover the 3 levels of masks based on ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) guidelines. The levels include 1, 2, and 3. Below are terms and abbreviations related to these face masks, which are important to know in general.

  • Fluid Resistance
  • BFE (Bacterial Filtration Efficiency)
  • DELTA P (Differential Pressure)
  • Flame Spread

Now, let’s review the levels in greater detail.

Level 1 - ASTM low barrier. These masks are good for taking impressions, cleaning, or patient exams.

Level 2 - ASTM moderate barrier. Endodontic work, sealants, and scaling are some procedures that may lend themselves well to using level 2 masks.

Level 3 - ASTM high barrier. Doing periodontal surgery or complex oral surgery? Level 3 would be very helpful.

These are just a few examples of dental procedures. Of course, it is important to ascertain each procedure and which mask would be most relevant.

Level Mask Options

GPS Discount Dental is proud to offer high quality affordable level face masks for the dental professional. Below are some example level masks available on our website.

Level 1 Dual Fit Ear-Loop Face Mask (Pleated) 50/box

  • Features & Benefits:
  • Smooth cellulose inner layer for sensitive skin
  • Dual Fit chin contour to reduce gaps for maximum protection
  • Soft, rounded ear loops
  • Form-fitting pliable nose & chin band
  • Fiberglass/latex free

Click here to view the product.


Level 2 Dual Fit Ear-Loop Face Mask (Pleated) 50/Box

Features & Benefits:

  • Smooth cellulose inner layer for sensitive skin
  • Dual Fit chin contour to reduce gaps for maximum protection
  • Soft, rounded ear loops
  • Form-fitting pliable nose & chin band
  • Fiberglass/latex free


See this level 2 face mask on our website.


Level 3 Dual Fit Ear-Loop Face Mask (Pleated) 50/Box

Features & Benefits:

  • Smooth cellulose inner layer for sensitive skin
  • Dual Fit chin contour to reduce gaps for maximum protection
  • Soft, rounded ear loops
  • Form-fitting pliable nose & chin band
  • Fiberglass/latex free

For high barrier protection, check out our this excellent level 3 mask here!

Level Face Masks - What’s next?

It is important to be consistent with proper mask usage. If you’d like to try samples, we suggest contacting the manufacturer. Have a question regarding a specific mask product? Get in touch with us and we will gladly help you!