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Infection Prevention & Control in Dental Settings

Infection Control Spotlight

Image of smartphone with DentalCheck icon CDC has released a new mobile application (app) to help dental facilities monitor compliance for using recommended infection prevention practices. The app, called CDC DentalCheck, is a tool dental practices can use to determine if dental health care personnel are practicing proper infection prevention guidelines.


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.