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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Marie T. Fluent, DDS
Peer Reviewer(s): Kathy Eklund, RDH, MPH
Item#: L0874
Contents: 1 Course Book (44 pages)
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CDC and the Practice of Dental Hygiene: A Review of the 2003 Guidelines and the 2016 Summary

Price $29.95
Item # L0874
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Release Date: August 11, 2017

Expiration Date: August 10, 2020


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.



AGD Subject Code: 148

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.



Course 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.


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.


Kathy Eklund, RDH, MPH, is the director of infection control and occupational health and research subject and patient safety advocate at the Forsythe Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. She is an adjunct associate professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene. Ms. Eklund is a past chair of the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) and served as secretary of the OSAP Foundation. She has played an active role on several committees of the American Dental Hygienists Association, most recently the Clinical Practice Guideline Task Force. Ms. Eklund has lectured nationally and internationally, published numerous articles, and contributed to several textbooks on infection prevention and control.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.