Dental offices have been open in Massachusetts since June, but many procedures have been slow to resume. That is especially the case after conflicting recommendations from major agencies. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently advised patients to put off even routine dental check-ups, whereas the American Dental Association (ADA) has only prescribed the postponement of non-essential, elective procedures, but to continue routine care appointments. To make things more confusing still, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) advised that these types of dental surgeries require PPE like surgical or N95 masks which are still in high demand, putting workers and patients at greater risk due to shortage until necessary masks, face shields & other equipment becomes more universally available once again. For several important items, that time might be here, says US-based medical supplier Flora, which announced a manufacturer partnership that will allow them to broadly supply dentists in Massachusetts right away.

Earlier this week, notable medical equipment importer, Flora Med Supplies, announced this partnership with a large manufacturer of ASTM rated medical grade surgical masks to handle demand from dental offices, as well as private medical practices throughout the country. ASTM, previously known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is a testing standard used by healthcare workers to establish things like Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) & Particulate Filtration Efficiency (PFE), as well as Fluid Resistance and more.

For example, Flora’s BFE & PFE surpassed 99.9% and 99.6%, respectively, when tested by world-renowned TÜV SÜD, which well-surpasses the required 98% standard of the ASTM F2101-19 Level 3 Mask.

“With partnerships like this, we can handle orders from private practitioners, but we are also able to give prices similar to what we saw before the pandemic for larger orders,” said a Flora Med Supplies spokesperson. “We can also supply KN95 masks & N95 masks, with certain minimum order quantities.”