Dental Assistant

Updated: Feb 15, 2021

Infection Control in Dental Settings

Dental Health Care Personnel (DHCP) are comprised of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and laboratory technicians. In any dental setting, there is a risk of cross-infection between DHCP and the patient. Infections could be blood-borne or airborne such as tuberculosis, varicella, influenza, hepatitis B, HIV (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2003), and most importantly, the ongoing COVID-19. Thus, it is critical to train all the DHCPs with the current updated guidelines of infection control in compliance with federal, state and local government. One of the most significant roles of infection control is the prevention of disease spread, which will save the cost associated with treatment.

Spread of COVID-19 in Dental Care

Source: Volgenant, C. M., Persoon, I. F., de Ruijter, R. A., & de Soet, J. J. (2020). Infection control in dental health care during and after the SARS‐CoV‐2 outbreak. Oral Diseases.