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Infection Prevention & Control in Dental Settings

Infection Control Spotlight

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The CDC DentalCheck free mobile app is now available for both iOS and Android devices! ‎CDC DentalCheck helps dental health care personnel ensure they are meeting the minimum expectations for safe care practices to prevent dental infections.


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.

CDC’s evidence-based recommendations guide infection control practices in dental offices nationally and globally; provide direction for the public, dental health care personnel and policymakers; and affect technology development in the dental industry.

Recommended infection control practices are applicable to all settings in which dental treatment is provided.