Infection Control


Vaccination Recommendations

Dental hygienists need to be familiar with vaccination recommendations in order to protect themselves from exposure to infectious diseases and educate patients about the importance of immunizations. By Susan H. Davide, RDH, MS, MSEd; Christine Macarelli, RDH, MS; and Anty Lam, RDH, MPH

Improving the Safety of Dental Unit Waterlines

Treating the Dental unit water, flushing the air/waterlines between patients, regular testing of water quality, and following all manufacturer instructions will help dental practices effectively maintain their dental unit waterlines. By Laura Gail Hendricks, RDH, MEd

The Role of Gloves in Breaking the Chain of Infection

Practicing proper glove protocol will help oral health professionals reduce the risk of occupational exposure. By Nancy Goodwin, CDA, RDH, MEd

Surface Disinfection Strategies

The following protocols will help ensure effective asepsis for clinical surfaces and equipment. By Eve J. Cuny, BA, MS

Ensure Safe Practice While Volunteering

Strategies for maintaining proper infection control when providing care in nontraditional settings. By Douglas L. Risk, DDS, Col, USAF, DC

Brush Up on the Basics of PPE

The appropriate use of personal protective equipment is integral to the safe provision of oral health care services. By Kandis V. Garland, RDH, MS

Strategies for Meeting Infection Control Protocols

In order to protect the health of patients and Oral health professionals, compliance with infection control guidelines and requirements must be a top priority. By Fiona M. Collins, BDS, MBA, MA

Update on HIV/AIDS

Oral health professionals are well positioned to incorporate global and national strategies for the prevention of human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. By Jasmin Haley, RDH, BSDH, CDA

Update on Tuberculosis

Oral health professionals need to remain up to date on infection control protocols related to TB transmission in order to best protect themselves and their patients.
By Nina E. Karhinen, RDH, BSDH

Infection Control Update

Oral health professionals need to be familiar with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recently published summary of infection prevention practices in dental settings.
By Kathy J. Eklund, RDH, MHP



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