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Infection Control

Frequently Asked Questions

Bead Sterilizer

Bloodborne Pathogens and Aerosols

Bloodborne Pathogens — Occupational Exposure

  • What is an occupational exposure
  • Infectious body fluids
  • Risk of infection
  • Steps following exposure
  • Medical follow-up and management
  • Measures to reduce the risk of exposure
  • Safety devices

Bone Allografts

Carpeting/Cloth Furnishings

Contact Dermatitis and Latex Allergy

  • Contact dermatitis
  • Latex allergy
  • Glove-associated skin reactions
  • Dental healthcare personnel with latex allergy
  • Powder-free gloves
  • Patients with latex allergy

Extracted Teeth

  • Disposing of teeth
  • Giving teeth to patients
  • Extracted teeth in educational settings

Fluoride Mouth Rinse Program

  • Need for standard precautions
  • Procedures for handling waste

Hand Hygiene

  • What is hand hygiene
  • Indications for hand hygiene
  • Types of hand hygiene
  • Storing hand care products
  • Do lotions affect gloves


IV Solution Reuse

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Purpose of PPE
  • Surgical masks
  • Protective eyewear
  • Clothing Gloves
  • Handwashing
  • Washing gloves
  • Glove exposure
  • Types of gloves

Preprocedural Mouth Rinse

  • Contamination from aerosols and spatter
  • Procedure-induced bacteremias
  • Recommendations


Saliva Ejector and Backflow


Sterilization — Cleaning

  • Central instrument processing area
  • Pre-sterilization cleaning
  • Cleaning methods (automated and manual)
  • Performing manual cleaning
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Sterilization — Monitoring

  • Monitoring methods
  • Frequency of monitoring
  • Sterilization of implants
  • Procedures for positive spore test
  • Factors influencing effectiveness

Sterilization — Packaging and Storage

  • Types and use of packaging materials
  • Cassettes Storage Shelf-life of instruments (date-related versus event-related)

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