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Be sure to inform your dentist about your latex allergy as part of your complete medical history. This includes any drug allergies. If you have been diagnosed with latex allergy, inform your dentist before treatment and ask the office whether it has latex-safe products available for use during a dental procedure or surgery. Request that your appointment be scheduled as the first procedure of the day, before latex proteins can build up in the air; this can lessen your exposure to latex allergens.
Take the following precautions:
Reviewed: January 2012
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