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Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings—2003

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This slide presentation provides recommendations for preventing and controlling infectious diseases and managing personnel health and safety concerns related to infection control in dental settings. The presentation describes a CDC report entitled Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings—2003. This report 1) updates and revises previous CDC dental infection control guidelines; 2) incorporates recommendations from other relevant CDC guidelines (e.g., Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings); and 3) discusses concerns not addressed in previous recommendations for dentistry (e.g., management of occupational exposures, selection and use of safer dental devices, latex allergy, and dental water quality).


The goals of the slide presentation are to:

  • Provide information about dental infection control principles and practices.

  • Emphasize the importance of written policies and procedures and ongoing education and training of dental health care personnel (DHCP).

  • Provide methods for evaluating dental infection control programs.

Learning Objectives

After viewing this presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Describe modes of disease transmission and the chain of infection.

  • Identify strategies that can prevent occupational exposures to blood and body fluids.

  • Describe methods to ensure that patient care items and environmental surfaces are safe for use.

  • Identify methods to monitor practices and evaluate dental infection control programs.

Suggested Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings—2003.

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