Infection Control and Prevention in the Dental Office, 3rd edition - L0957


Release Date: February 15th, 2020

Expiration Date: February 14th, 2023

Infection Control and Prevention in the Dental Office, 3rd edition

This basic-level course reviews the published guidelines and principles of infection control that are essential to prevent the spread of infectious disease in the dental office. Its content is relevant to all dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. The course focuses on six core elements of infection control and describes each element in the context of the practice of dentistry.


1.           Describe the responsibility of healthcare workers to ensure that they, and the personnel that they supervise, adhere to scientifically accepted principles and practices of infection control.

2.           Outline the modes and mechanisms of transmission of pathogenic organisms in healthcare settings and the strategies for its prevention and control.

3.           Identify the engineering and work practice controls used to reduce patient and healthcare worker exposure to potentially infectious material in healthcare settings.

4.           Describe the selection and use of barriers and/or personal protective equipment in preventing patient and healthcare worker contact with potentially infectious material.

5.           Identify how infection control principles and practices for cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization are used in healthcare settings to create and maintain a safe environment for patient care.

6.           Outline the efforts taken to prevent and control infectious and communicable diseases in healthcare workers.