Frequently Asked Questions

Current COVID-19 Interim Guidance

Find the most up-to-date information about infection prevention and control practices on CDC’s COVID-19 page, including CDC’s Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19), which is applicable to all U.S. settings where healthcare is delivered, including dental settings. For more information, see CDC Updates COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Guidance.

This section includes answers to a variety of frequently asked questions on issues of interest to clinical dentistry. For more specific discussion of these topics, you are encouraged to review the Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings—2003 pdf icon[PDF – 1.2M]—which remains the standard of practice—and other CDC guidelines. Appendix C from the 2016 Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care pdf icon[PDF-344KB] provides a list of selected references and resources across a range of topics.  As a reminder, CDC is not a regulatory agency, and can only make recommendations. You will need to consult your state dental board for their specific requirements or regulations.