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Infection Control in Dental Settings

Although the principles of infection control remain unchanged, new technologies, materials, equipment, and data require continuous evaluation of current infection control practices. The unique nature of many dental procedures, instruments, and patient care settings also may require specific strategies directed to preventing pathogen transmission among dental health care personnel and their patients.



Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care – A new resource for those needing information about basic infection prevention measures in dental health care settings.

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Learn how to better protect yourselves from Infection transmission in the dental setting

CDC Health Advisory:  Immediate Need for Healthcare Facilities to Review Procedures for Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sterilizing Reusable Medical Devices

Fact Sheets and Frequently Asked Questions for Infection Control in Dental Settings

Fact Sheets

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Recommendations and Resources

Hepatitis B Frequently Asked Questions
These FAQs cover hepatitis B infections, vaccinations, chronic hepatitis B, serology, traveler’s health, and more.

Prevention of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Transmission in Dental Health Care Settings
In health care settings, MRSA most often is spread indirectly from patient to patient on the transiently contaminated hands of health care professionals. Standard Precautions has been shown to be an effective strategy in preventing transmission. Learn more at CDC’s About MRSA Skin Infections.

The Safest Dental Visit™: Infection Control Education Program

The Safest Dental Visit™ is a collaborative effort led by the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) focused on increasing infection control and safety in dentistry. The initiative includes tools and resources dedicated to Dental Practices, Educators, Consultants and Speakers, and the Dental Trade.

From Policy to Practice: OSAP’s Interactive Guide to the CDC Guidelines

This 7-module course is designed to assist dental health care professionals in preventing or reducing the potential transmission of disease in dental practice settings.

Infection Control Resources from the American Dental Association

This set of tools and resources developed by the ADA addresses multiple topics, building on existing recommendations to reflect new scientific knowledge and growing understanding of the principles of infection control.