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Do you wear nail polish at work?

Do you wear nail polish at work? I know at school we weren’t allowed to, so it’s probably a no-no, but I’ve seen other people wearing it when out in the real world. I’d love to wear it but I feel weird asking my 60 yr old boss if I’m allowed to or not. Obviously it would be up to the practice, just wondering what everyone else does.



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I personally do not because of the sanitary reasons and because I’ve never been a big nail polish girl anyway, but I’ve also seen several hygienists who do and no one ever says anything. The few times I came in wearing polish no one said anything.

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I think it’s fine as long as your nails are short and freshly done. Even acrylics I’ve seen several times, but you must stay up on your fills. Don’t go 3 weeks out. Also never have chipped polish either. Those are the rules at my office.

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I wear the gel nails and keep them short. I wouldn’t have chipped polish at all just looks unprofessional.

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I don’t wear nail polish. I tried years ago and it would come off the first hour on Monday. Not worth it. Shellac Polish is better, but have the time to go every few weeks and have it done. It is a better option than fake nails. The fake nails harbor bacteria no matter how often you get a “fill”. Short nails are better for hand ergonomics too.

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In school, we were not allowed to wear nail polish for the sanitary reasons EXCEPT clear.. How clear is any different in that aspect, beats me?! Anyways, in my new office I see it worn quite often. It is always a more neutral color and looks very professional though. My mother is an RN at a big hospital and they all wear acrylics (she doesn’t – she just likes manicures).

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I always have my nails done and only wear the gel polish. I keep my nails short and frequently wash my hands throughout the day. I feel having regular manicures makes for a more professional look, in that I take care of myself. Hygienists are still people and we want to look nice!

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I have never heard of this being an issue. I personally keep my nails very short due to patient comfort and the ability to get a good fulcrum, so not much of a polish gal either.

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Yup. Short with Gel polish manicure. Never had a problem with any of my bosses/Drs.

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I do not, but my coworker does.

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I love having painted nails. Even in school I wore it on all my off days until I found some nice neutral shades that were allowed. Now I do the no chip from every color from red to green to silver. I always just keep my nails short and clean with no chips.

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At school I was told that nail polish has some chemical reaction with the gloves that we use…not too sure if they were making this up so we wouldnt wear it..

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I wear my nail short and usually have a pale pink or neutral color on:) If you want to wear it just do it but be professional and stick with neutral colors.

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I keep my fingernails short and unpolished. However I have a pedicure a couple times a year so that I can enjoy and savior red nail polish;)

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I have been told by a cross infection expert that apparently you can’t wash off all the microbes from the nail polish because of some kind of statics..?. But I still wear it – washing hands makes my nails dry and they peel, which I find less hygienic and aesthetically pleasing than wearing a nail polish, as long as it is not chipped. I keep my nails short and neat so it doesn’t look to dressed up. I didn’t ask my boss – I just explain to him why I do it if he ever asks.

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I graduated 2008 and was taught no polish at all, even clear. It can affect the integrity of the gloves, esp. if chipped.

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http://www.dimensionsofdentalhygiene.com/2014/03_March/Features/Nail_Hygiene.aspx Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. March 2014;12(3):28,30,32.

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According to the CDC, nails should be short and regular nail polish must be unchipped and replaced after 4 days or as soon as it chips. Gel polish is less likely to chip and it has not yet been studied. However, I have worn gel polish and it does start to form little gaps at the edges like acrylics or wraps, both of which have been shown to harbor micro-organisms and are unacceptable. Now I only wear gel polish on top of at least one layer of regular polish so I can remove it easily every three or four days without damaging my nails but still get good chip resistance almost like full gels.

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