Nitrile is short for acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber and is synthetic. The chemical resistance, a result of the acrylonitrile monomer, is one of the most important features of nitrile gloves. Nitrile can withstand mineral oils, vegetable oils, grease, gasoline, diesel fuel and many acids. This is why these gloves are among the preferred choices for automotive, food processing and safety applications.
Additionally, nitrile gloves are highly puncture-resistant, three to five times more so than latex. They are also more elastic than vinyl. Dentists prefer this material because of its strength and durability, especially with the sharp tools they use. With durable nitrile gloves, dentists and hygienists can better maintain a safe barrier between themselves and their patients.