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The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has introduced ‘The Safest Dental Visit™’, a dental infection control educational program to help educators, consultants and dental practices bring a culture of safety and infection control to the forefront. The program is spearheaded by an annual campaign ‘Dental Infection Control Awareness Month,‘ being held in September.

The goals of Dental Infection Control Awareness Month are to: 

  • Support the adoption of the CDC’s 2016 infection prevention checklist
  • Champion the role of the infection control coordinator
  • Promote patient safety and build patients’ trust in infection control compliance

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Educators Toolkit             


We encourage your educational institution to participate in Dental Infection Control Awareness Month as follows:


1.  Adopt the New CDC Summary and Checklist


2. Champion the Infection Control Coordinator                

Does your school or educational program have an Infection Control Coordinator. Learn what the responsibilities are and how to staff and support this important position.

3. Build Patient Trust

Incorporate OSAP’s free campaign tools to showcase faculty, staff and student commitment to infection control

a. Prepare your students to “Have the Conversation”

Keep it simple by focusing on 3 important infection control practices your students can demonstrate to show their patients they care about patient safety. 


b. Increase the Impact of Your Message Through Social Media Tools

  • Post the digital "button" announcing the Dental Infection Control Awareness Month on your practice's website to show your participation in this patient-oriented campaign. CLICK HERE FOR BUTTON
  • Post relevant infection control messages on your practice's Facebook page and send timely tweets throughout September to reinforce to your patients that you care about their safety. CLICK HERE FOR SUGGESTED POSTS AND TWEETS.

4. Ensure the Safety of Mission Trips and Free Dental Clinics

Some educational institutions conduct programs to increase access to care by using portable and mobile dental equipment in a variety of nontraditional settings both in the United States and abroad. Following are resources to help programs safely deliver care outside the traditional dental institution.

(a)    Portable/Mobile Clinic Resources

(b)    Guide for Safety and Infection Control for Oral Healthcare Missions 

(c)    Advice for patients traveling to ensure a healthy trip free of dental emergencies 

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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. ‘If Saliva Were Red’ - an impactful, 8-minute DVD (no voiceover, suitable for any language)This visual training tool shows the potential for cross-contamination and how to prevent this using PPE, work practices and infection control products. The accompanying 8-page ‘How to Tell the Story: A Trainer's Guide’ provides you with talking points, a checklist and FAQs. Click HERE for more information.  

2. Hand Hygiene

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CDC Hand hygiene training slide deck

CDC Infection control slide deck

WHO slide decks. (The one titled Slides for the Hand Hygiene Coordinator provides a brief overview. This one may be suitable for training purposes and can be modified to meet your individual training needs).

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

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Education and Compliance                     

Education and compliance are crucial for patient safety and infection control in all settings. Relevant research in the educational setting as well as clinical practice, includes:

Acosta-Gío AE, et al. Infection control attitudes and perceptions among dental students in Latin America: implications for dental education. Int Dent J. 2008;58(4):187-93. 

Garland KV. A survey of United States dental hygienists' knowledge, attitudes, and practices with infection control guidelines. J Dent Hyg. 2013;87(3):140-51. Available HERE 

Porteous NB, Bizra E, Cothron A, Yeh C-K.  A Survey of Infection Control Teaching in U.S. Dental Schools, J Dent Res. 2014;78(2):187-194. Available HERE 

Scully C, Moles DR, Fiske J. Infection control: a survey of UK special care dentists and dental care professionals. Prim Dent Care. 2007;14(2):40-6.  

de Souza RA, et al. Sedano HO. Infection control measures among senior dental students in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. J Public Health Dent. 2006 Fall;66(4):282-4.  

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Immunizations Recommended for Healthcare Personnel are as follows:                  

  • Hepatitis B vaccination – if no documented evidence of a complete hepB vaccine series, OR lack of an up-to-date blood test showing immunity to hepatitis B. Vaccination requires a 3-dose series (dose #1, #2 after 1 month, #3 approximately 5 months after #2). An anti-HBs serologic test is required  1–2 months after dose #3 to ascertain immunity has been acquired
  • Influenza – 1 dose annually
  • Measles and mumps – if born in 1957 or later and have not had the MMR vaccine, or lack an up-to-date blood test showing immunity: 2 doses of MMR at least 28 days apart
  • Rubella – if born in 1957 or later and have not had the MMR vaccine, or lack of an up-to-date blood test showing immunity, then  1 dose of MMR

1) For measles, mumps and rubella, ACIP vaccine recommendations should be consulted for healthcare workers born before 1957

  • Varicella (chickenpox) – if have not had chickenpox, or the vaccine, or lack of an up-to-date blood test showing immunity, then 2 doses of varicella vaccine, 4 weeks apart
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) – a single dose of Tdap if not previously received AND Td booster after that every 10 years. A dose of Tdap during each pregnancy
  • Meningococcal – 1 dose ONLY if routinely exposed to isolates of N. meningitis.

The above information is from the Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers on the CDC website.

More detailed information on these can be found in the following resources:

ACIP Vaccine Recommendations

Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers

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Resources and Information                  

 2007 Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing  Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare  Settings  Click here
 Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care  Settings – 2003  Click here
 Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings  Click here
 Hand washing and handrub posters  Click here
 Hand hygiene interactive course  Click here
 Guidance for the Selection and Use of Personal  Protective Equipment in Healthcare Settings  Click here
 Checklists for Outpatient Settings  Click here
 TB Respiratory Protection Program In Health Care  Facilities - Administrator's Guide  Click here
 Antimicrobial Chemicals  Click here
 From Policy to Practice: OSAP's Interactive Guide to the  CDC Guidelines  Click here
 OSHA and CDC Guidelines: Interact Training System  Click here
 Infection Control in Practice Team Huddle™ is a bi-  monthly, interactive guide for infection control. It  highlights key infection control practices and the  prevention of potential incidents. ICIP also offers CE  Credits (optional)  Click here 
 Charts and Checklists  Click here
 Guide to Compliance with OSHA Standards for Medical  & Dental Offices  Click here
 Quick reference guide to the bloodborne pathogens  standard  Click here
 Hepatitis B declination statement  Click here
 Model Plans and Programs for the OSHA Bloodborne and  Hazard Communication Standards  Click here
 Harte JA. Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions: An Update for Dentistry. J Am  Dent Assoc. 2010;141;572-581
 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(10 Suppl 2):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 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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