Infection Control in the Dental Practice

Released: Thursday, March 30, 2023

Expires: Thursday, April 30, 2026

Commercial Supporters: DirectaDentalGroup, Air Techniques, Inc.

This Inside Dental Hygiene eBook features a continuing education (CE) article that discusses infection prevention practices as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and how these standards, which include air filtration, the wearing of masks, and the screening of employees and patients for signs of infection, should be applied in dental settings. A second article explains the importance of maintaining the integrity of the dental unit waterlines and offers steps for ensuring safety. Download to earn 2 FREE CEU now! 


CE: Infection Control Protocols for a Post-COVID World
Linda Hecker, MA, BS/AST/DH, RDH
The basics of infection control have not changed, but now, because of COVID-19, the need to be ever vigilant to ensure that thorough cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing is accomplished has never been more important. This article offers a refresher course to dental professionals seeking to add to the layers of defense in daily interactions with patients and co-workers. Engineering and work practice controls, as well as establishing and maintaining best practices, are among the topics covered.
Credits: 2 Self-Study CEU
Cost: $0
Provider: AEGIS Publications, LLC

Waterline Integrity
Jamie Collins, RDH-EA, BS
A proper maintenance protocol for dental unit waterlines is necessary to prohibit the growth of potential harmful pathogens. All who work in the dental practice should be educated on the correct methods of waterline care and maintenance, and a schedule for care must be established and adhered to. Frequent testing is also a must. If you have ever asked yourself how effective your waterline infection control procedures really are, this article is for you.

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