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Dental Hygiene Protocols: Alterations for Optimal Infection Control

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This Inside Dental Hygiene eBook offers two continuing education (CE) articles on the latest in infection prevention, drawing on the experience of leading experts in the field. The dental community has experienced a perceived risk to their health and that of their patients, prompting a new perspective and focus. Learn more about updated infection control strategies. Download to earn 4 FREE CEU now!


CE1: Scaling, Aerosols, Fears, and Efficiency: S.A.F.E. Therapy with Ultrasonics
Katrina M Sanders, RDH, BSDH, MEd, RF
This article aims to critically evaluate safety as it relates to treatment alterations, specifically during mechanized scaling, outlining the current research as it is known about aerosols generated during periodontal treatment, the subsequent fears of patient, and provider safety, particularly during the global health crisis of COVID-19, and the treatment modifications currently being instituted as aerosol mitigation strategies during periodontal treatment.
Credits: 2 Self-Study CEU
Cost: $0
Provider: AEGIS Publications, LLC

CE 2: Achieving Infection Prevention in the Dental Setting: A Review of Latest Guidelines and Precautions
Joy D Void-Holmes, RDH, BSDH, DHSc, AADH
This article is a review of infection control in the dental environment. Standard precautions and modes of transmission are addressed, with a discussion about federal agencies involved in developing infection prevention standards. This article highlights pathogenic microbes of particular relevance to dentistry, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Implementation of the hierarchy of controls to aid in infection control measures is examined along with the CDC’s most recent recommendations for personal protective equipment for dental healthcare practitioners. The article also examines current recommendations for low-speed attachments and air/water syringes.
Credits: 2 Self-Study CEU
Cost: $0
Provider: AEGIS Publications, LLC

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