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CDC develops mobile app for dentists

January 20, 2017

By Michelle Manchir

Dental professionals can monitor infection prevention practices in their offices with a mobile app that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released in January.

The CDC DentalCheck app lets dental practices check their compliance with administrative policies and clinical practice infection prevention and control recommendations contained within the CDC's Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings.

The app "automates an infection prevention checklist and allows (dental health care personnel) to easily move throughout the practice as they evaluate their compliance with recommended infection prevention practices," stated CDC Dental Officer Dr. Michele Junger in a news release. "It is another tool practices can use to assure their compliance with CDC recommendations."

Furthermore, app users "can navigate to key references and resources for each area of focus including sterilization, safe injection practices and hand hygiene in dental settings," according to the CDC.

The CDC says infection prevention coordinators and other dental office staff trained in infection prevention are encouraged to use this app at least annually to assess the status of their administrative policies and practices.

Interested users can download CDC DentalCheck through the iTunes App Store. It can be displayed on any iOS enabled mobile device, such as a telephone or iPad.

For more information about the app, visit the CDC website.