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Infection control courses abound at ADA 2018

Five continuing education courses related to cleanliness, sterility on tap in Honolulu

March 19, 2018

By David Burger

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Blue Hawaii: ADA 2018 – America’s Dental Meeting will be held Oct. 18-22 in Oahu, where the average temperatures in October are in the 80s.
Honolulu — Is there a difference between clean and sterile?

What are the potential implications of infection control product misuse?

And lastly, how clean is clean enough?

Five continuing education courses at ADA 2018 – America's Dental Meeting will attempt to answer these infection control questions in an age when microbes and viruses are a part of everyday life and found in our air, soil, water and in and on our bodies — and especially prevalent in the dental care environment.

Particulate matter can also be left behind when cleaning is inadequate. The tool may then be sterilized but can still introduce foreign material into a wound.

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Dr. Platt
Dr. Jeffrey Platt, immediate past chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and associate professor and chair of the department of biomedical and applied sciences at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, will lead a one-hour, no-fee course on dental instrument cleanliness. In an interview with ADA News, he said he is doing this as a voice of the Science Institute, and envisions an "elevated awareness" on the topic after his course.

"There is a big difference between clean and sterile," said Dr. Platt, who, among other related things, will discuss ADA laboratory research on cleanliness and what the Food and Drug Administration considers to be a validated cleaning process for instruments.

The courses on infection control are:

  • Hands-On Infection Control Workshop (7205), Oct. 20, 7-9:30 a.m., John Molinari, Ph.D. The course is also scheduled the same day from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (7213) and from 2-4:30 p.m. (7221).
  • Dental Instrument Cleanliness: How Clean is Clean Enough? (5802) Oct. 18, noon-1 p.m., Dr. Platt.
  • Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (8102), Oct. 21, 7:30-10 a.m., Dr. Molinari.

Registration for ADA 2018 is open. To register for the ADA annual meeting and these courses, and to learn more about the meeting, visit

To help dentists implement solid infection control procedures, the ADA offers The ADA Practical Guide to Effective Infection Control. Readers can save 15 percent on this and all ADA Catalog products with promo code 18108 until April 27. To order, visit or call 1-800-947-4746.