CDC and the Practice of Dental Hygiene, 2nd Edition


About the Course 
Since 1993, the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed and updated protocols for infection control recommendations for the dental setting.  The most recent compilation of these recommendations is the 2016 CDC document, Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care, which will be introduced and discussed. This incorporates new information relevant to the practice of dental hygiene since the CDC published Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings on December 19, 2003. (ADA Center for Professional Success, 2020b).  

This basic-level course provides an overview of these infection control guidelines with an emphasis on clinical applications for the dental hygienist. Although the target audience for this course is primarily the dental hygienist, it is also pertinent to other dental professionals who may be involved in infection control program implementation in dental healthcare settings.    

AGD Subject Code - 148

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the principal CDC Documents: CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings—2003 and Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care
  • Discuss current CDC guidance as it pertains to COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.
  • Identify the components of the guidelines as they pertain to dental hygiene.
  • Apply the CDC guidelines to the clinical practice of dental hygiene.


About the Author 
Marie T. Fluent, DDS, CDIPC, is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Her dental career spans 35 years and included roles as dentist, infection control coordinator, office manager, and dental assistant. She now lectures, writes, and consults extensively on infection control, OSHA compliance, eye safety, and antibiotic stewardship in dentistry. She is passionate and deeply committed to educate the dental community to be stewards of antibiotics and strive for the safest dental visit™.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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