CDC and the Practice of Dental Hygiene

About the Course: 
The purpose of this course is to familiarize the dental hygienist with the document Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003. The 2016 CDC document, Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care will be introduced and discussed, and new information relevant to the practice of dental hygiene published by CDC since 2003 will be presented. 

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. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe the significance of the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings (Guidelines). 
  • Identify the components of the Guidelines as they pertain to dental hygiene. 
  • Discuss the 2016 CDC Document: Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care. 
  • Discuss the elements of Standard Precautions as the foundation for preventing transmission of infectious agents during patient care. 
  • Apply the CDC Guidelines to the clinical practice of dental hygiene. 
About the Author: 
Marie T. Fluent, DDS, is an Educational Consultant for the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP), where she leads the development and implementation of the programs for OSAP’s Boot Camp and Annual Conferences. Dr. Fluent is a graduate of the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. Her dental career extends over 30 years and includes the roles of dental assistant, office manager, dentist, infection control coordinator, speaker, author, educator, clinical instructor, and infection control consultant. Dr. Fluent is passionate about infection control and safety and has educated thousands of dental professionals and students through writing, webinars, and lectures. She has written numerous peer-reviewed articles on infection control in the dental setting, OSHA compliance, and responsible antibiotic prescribing. 

AGD code - 148 

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to:
  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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