Saliva Absorbent Products
Cotton rolls, 2x2 gauze, and dry angles are products that are used to absorb saliva during dental procedures. Many dental materials will not adhere to a wet surface. These include composite resins and sealants. Teeth must also be dry when crown and bridge impression products are used. Excessive saliva can also interfere with visibility. The tongue can obscure lower teeth which can be especially difficult to keep dry. Cotton rolls, 2x2 gauze, and dry angles are commonly placed under the tongue, under the lips, and in the area between the cheeks and the teeth. Cotton rolls and dry angles come in different sizes. Some dry angles reflect light to increase visibility.
Microbrush International, Microcopy, Crosstex, and Mydent make products that aid in absorbing saliva.