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Oral Health Topics

Infection Control

Key Points

  • Since 1993, the ADA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated and supplemented their infection control recommendations to reflect new scientific knowledge and growing understanding of the principles of infection control.
  • A 2016 CDC document, “CDC Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care” brings together recommendations from the CDC 2003 guidelines on infection control with tools and checklists to help dental health care personnel follow infection prevention guidelines.
  • The ADA urges all practicing dentists, dental auxiliaries and dental laboratories to employ appropriate infection control procedures as described in the 2003 CDC Guidelines, and 2016 CDC Summary and to keep up to date as scientific information leads to improvements in infection control, risk assessment, and disease management in oral health care.

Prepared by: Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute; Updated from the ADA Statement on Infection Control in Dentistry; Adopted by the Council on Scientific Affairs March 2004
Topic Updated: March 29, 2016