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.
Fact Sheets and Frequently Asked Questions for Infection Control in Dental Settings
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™ 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.
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.
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.
- American Dental Association Infection Control Resources
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
- Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention
- Safety and Health Topics for Dentistry from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- USAF Dental Evaluation and Consultation Service
- Page last reviewed: December 6, 2013
- Page last updated: March 31, 2016
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