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The Safest Dental Visit™ (SDV) is a comprehensive, collaborative program. The goal of this program is to bring patient safety to the forefront for dental practices and to improve overall patient safety. The program is spearheaded by the annual campaign, now in its third year, ‘Dental Infection Control Awareness Month‘ in September. 

The goals of Dental Infection Control Awareness Month are to support the CDC guidelines, the infection control coordinator and to build patient's trust in infection control. In September you can demonstrate your commitment to infection prevention and patient safety with your clients.

Consultants and Speakers Toolkit

Dental Infection Control Awareness Month offers you an opportunity to help strengthen your consulting and speaking practice while helping dental offices ensure that every patient visit is the safest dental visit. The information below from OSAP and other resources provide support for training and consulting with your clients, and speaking with dental professionals. The September campaign also provides dental practices with science-based information and support materials.

Ensure your client's commitment to patient safety. 

  1. Encourage your clients to download CDC’s Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings and companion checklist. OSAP has tools on how a practice can implement the new information as well as a direct link to the CDC: CLICK HERE 
  3. Encourage your customers to identify and support an INFECTION CONTROL COORDINATOR for each practice.
  4. Walk your consulting clients and attendees of your lectures through some of the free campaign materials for Dental Infection Control Awareness Month.

a. Help Prepare Your Dental Office Clients and Seminar Attendees To “Have the Conversation”            

Keep it simple by focusing on three important infection control practices your clients can demonstrate to their patients that they care about their safety. These scripts can also be used for discussion purposes at seminars you are giving.


b. Show your Clients and Seminar Attendees OSAP’s Customizable Patient Letter, Poster and Waiting Room Brochure

Use OSAP’s customizable patient materials and introduce your clients to these so that they have more resources to build patient trust by showcasing their commitment to infection control.






c. Show Your Clients and Seminar Attendees How to Increase the Impact of Social Media Messaging

  • post the digital "button" announcing the Dental Infection Control Awareness Month on their practice/professional websites to show their participation in this patient-oriented campaign.
  • post relevant infection control messages on their practice's Facebook page and how to send timely tweets.


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Video Clips                    

Incorporate video clips to make your lectures more compelling. Following are some examples to use during Dental Infection Control Awareness Month:

1. Infection Control

2. Hand Hygiene

What other videos would you recommend that OSAP add?

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Following are slide decks you can use for your lectures during Dental Infection Control Awareness Month: 

1. OSAP Slides on 2018 Annual Conference, Infection Control Awareness Month, Safest Dental Visit          
    Campaign, 2018 Boot Camp

2. CDC Hand hygiene training slide deck

3. WHO slide decks. One is a briefer overview of hand hygiene (Slides for the Hand Hygiene Coordinator)

What other slide sets would you recommend  that OSAP add?

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OSAP Consulting and Speaking Resources                 

OSAP Speakers and Consultants are encouraged to amplify OSAP resources. Click HERE for a Reprint Request Form for current OSAP members.

1. Training Kits & Workbooks

  • OSHA & CDC Guidelines: Interact Training System 5th Edition. This is a resource for training offices, and can also be used by the infection control coordinator you are working with. It includes a workbook, Manager's Guide, CE Test, Exposure Control Checklist, and Post-Exposure Management Materials.  This covers the annual requirements for OSHA training as well as infection control training. Click HERE for more information on the Interact System.  

2. Charts and Checklists

  • Charts and checklists are available on a variety of topics, including hand hygiene, PPE, bloodborne pathogens, and sterilization monitoring. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

3. Using ICIP

The ‘Team Huddle™. Infection Control in Practice (ICIP)’ is a bi-monthly, interactive guide for infection control staff meetings. Consultants can use this during office consultations to highlight key practices and the prevention of potential infection control and OSHA incidents. ICIP also offers CE Credits (optional). CLICK HERE for every issue of ICIP back to 2002 - a treasure trove of content! 

4. InfoBites

The weekly ‘InfoBites’ help take some of the effort out of staying up-to-date. It provides you with relevant short summaries of the latest news related to patient safety and infection control around the world. View a sample HERE 

5. Practice Tips

OSAP started a collection of practice tips for members available HERE. Do you have any tips we can add to the list (with attribution to you, of course!) 

6. Monthly News Summaries

Did you know that OSAP compiles a global summary of the top news items on infection prevention and control EVERY MONTH? This is an amazing resource to periodically scan to ensure you are completely up-to-date with this sector. Members CLICK HERE for the monthly summaries.

Other Resources


Checklists related to infection control 

Hand washing and handrub posters for the office 

Hand hygiene interactive course

Sequence for Donning and Removing Personal Protective Equipment (Poster)

Cover Your Cough poster


Hepatitis B declination statement

Model Plans and Programs for the OSHA Bloodborne and Hazard Communication Standards . 

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Additional Sources of Information                   

ACIP Vaccine Recommendations

CDC 2007 Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings 

CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings – 2003 

CDC Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings 

CDC Guidance for the Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment in Healthcare Settings 

CDC Sequence for Donning and Removing Personal Protective Equipment (Poster)  

CDC TB Respiratory Protection Program In Health Care Facilities - Administrator's Guide  

EPA Antimicrobial Chemicals   

Harte JA. Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions: An Update for Dentistry. J Am Dent Assoc. 2010;141;572-581.

From Policy to Practice: OSAP's Interactive Guide to the CDC Guidelines.

OSAP OSHA and CDC Guidelines: Interact Training System

OSHA Guide to Compliance with OSHA Standards for Medical & Dental Offices  

Quick reference guide to the bloodborne pathogens standard 

Siegel JD, Rhinehart E, Jackson M, and Chiarello L. 2007 Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Health Care Settings. Am J Infect Control 2007; 35 (No. 10 Suppl. 2), p S94.

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How to Maximize Your OSAP Membership                   

OSAP members have an array of benefits of which they may not even be aware. The link below guides members through the information, education and resources they can access to help ensure every visit is the safest dental visit for patients and the entire dental team. Learn how to maximize the value of OSAP membership!

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Experience OSAP Educational Resources                

  • OSAP is dentistry’s infection control partner. CLICK HERE for more information.


This resource was prepared by clinicians for the benefit of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), a nonprofit, independent organization providing information and education on infection control and prevention and patient and provider safety to dental settings worldwide. The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for the users’ own exercise of their professional judgment.  OSAP, and the clinicians who assisted it in preparing this material, expressly disclaims responsibility, and shall have no liability, for any damages, loss, injury, or liability whatsoever suffered as a result of your reliance on the information contained in this resource.

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