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OSAP Assisting ASTDD to Integrate Infection Prevention and Safety Resources

Tuesday, November 2, 2010   (0 Comments)

OSAP Assisting ASTDD to Integrate Infection Prevention and Safety Resources
and Policies into State Oral Health Programs



ANNAPOLIS, MD—November 2, 2010—The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) will assist the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) in incorporating infection prevention and control efforts as well as patient and staff safety into state oral health program activities.

"Several recent reports of actual and potential cross-contamination in dental settings underscore the need for strong, integrated infection prevention policies and continuous vigilance,” Therese Long, OSAP executive director, said. "As the leading non-governmental organization focusing exclusively on infection prevention and safety programs for dentistry, OSAP is uniquely positioned to partner with ASTDD in this important endeavor.”

These efforts are supported through a cooperative agreement ASTDD has with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) is a national non-profit organization representing the directors and staff of state public health agency programs for oral health. ASTDD formulates and promotes the establishment of national dental public health policy, assists state dental programs in the development and implementation of programs and policies for the prevention of oral diseases; builds awareness and strengthens dental public health professionals' knowledge and skills by developing position papers and policy statements; provides information on oral health to health officials and policy makers, and conducts conferences for the dental public health community. For more information, visit

About OSAP

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is the world's only membership association exclusively dedicated to preventing disease transmission and ensuring the safe delivery of oral care for all. As a non-profit organization, OSAP helps dental practitioners close the gap between policy and practice. Its members are a unique group of dental and other healthcare professionals, consultants, researchers and organizations that include non-governmental organizations, manufacturing and distribution companies, policy makers and academia. All support the mission for OSAP to be the world's leading advocate for the safe and infection-free delivery of oral care. For more information, visit





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