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There are Many Situations Where You Can Use an Instant Hand Sanitizer Instead of Soap and Water

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Patient safety and infection control are critical to your practice. Many dentists prefer to wash with soap and water for proper hand hygiene. But soap and water can cause contact dermatitis, a common problem among dental professionals that is characterized by dry, cracked, and even painful, hands. This is because detergents in the soap can rinse off the skin’s protective oils, creating a cycle of drying.


That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using an alcohol-based instant hand sanitizer for routinely decontaminating hands if they are not visibly soiled. Soap and water should be used when hands are visibly soiled, which, with the use of exam gloves, shouldn’t be that often. Download our article on skin health to learn more.


PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer kills germs and is gentler on skin than soap and water and PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer kills more germs than washing with soap and water.1 But that’s not all. PURELL Advanced is specially formulated to improve skin health, even with repeated use by healthcare workers in clinical settings.2 Soap and water does not offer this benefit and can damage skin over time.


Purell Advacned Instant Hand Sanitizer

How do you know PURELL Advanced is gentle on skin?

  • Contains four different skin conditioners
  • Clinically proven to help maintain skin health and improve skin feel2
  • Preferred 4 to 1 over the nearest competitor by users of instant hand sanitizers 3
  • 4 out of 5 healthcare workers said PURELL Advanced left their hands feeling smooth 4

Not all instant hand sanitizers are the same

There is a big difference between brands of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Some can leave 100 times more germs than other leading hand sanitizers after repeated use, which is a risk to your patients and staff. Others can be harsh on skin. PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer kills more germs than other brands and is clinically proven to improve skin feel.2 Complete the form on this page to learn more or request your free trial today.

  1. CDC. MMWR 2003;52 (No. RR-17). http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/guidelines/index.htm
  2. Acute Moisturization Analysis, Study #110212-301, April 25, 2011, BioScience Laboratories, Bozeman, MT / 4-Week Clinical Field Study #2011-F10232, Akron, OH, February - March, 2011 / 4-Week Clinical Field Study #2011-F10233, Akron OH, February - March, 2011.
  3. Purell brand equality Report 2012. Reports by Market Tools, a Metriv Lab
  4. Clinical Field Study #2011-F10232. May 10, 2011. GOJO Industries, Inc. Akron, OH / February - March, 2011.
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