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Interim Dental Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for the COVID‑19 Response – A New Paradigm


Michaell A. Huber, DDS

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)


This course will describe interim infection control/exposure control strategies for dentistry during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, this course addresses recently released interim guidance from the CDC for the dental profession...

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This course will describe interim infection control/exposure control strategies for dentistry during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, this course addresses recently released interim guidance from the CDC for the dental profession to deliver non-emergent patient care during the COVID‑19 pandemic. The additional measures proscribed are best considered a supplement to, not a replacement of “Clinical Practice Guideline for an Infection Control/Exposure Control Program in the Oral Healthcare Setting (CE342).”

  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students

  • Date Course Online:

    Aug 17, 2020

  • Last Revision Date:


  • Course Expiration Date:

    Jun 30, 2022

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Understand the rationale necessitating the incorporation of additional transmission-based precautions and practices intended to prevent or minimize SARS‑CoV‑2 exposure and infection in the oral healthcare setting.
  • Understand the rationale for and implement an appropriate screening protocol for all patients to reduce the poetical exposure to SARS‑CoV‑2.
  • Understand and implement strategies to strengthen hand hygiene, respiratory, and cough etiquette protocols for patients and office staff to reduce potential exposure to SARS‑CoV‑2.
  • Understand the need to bring equipment back into service in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.
  • Understand and implement a scheduling and work practice protocol to avoid patient therapy overlap and reduce the use of aerosol-producing procedures.
  • Understand and adjust as feasible engineering controls to reduce aerosol exposure to SARS‑CoV‑2.
  • Understand the importance of proper hand hygiene and implement appropriate hand hygiene protocols.
  • Understand the purpose of source control and incorporate source control protocols to reduce the risk of exposure to SARS‑CoV‑2.
  • Understand the types of PPE used to manage COVID‑19 and educate OHCP on appropriate selection and use.
  • Understand the principles of proper environmental cleaning and disinfection and ensure appropriate protocol are used to reduce exposure to SARS‑CoV‑2.
  • Understand need for and ensure appropriate sterilization techniques are used to sterilize and disinfect patient care items.
  • Understand the need for and develop a protocol to manage the patient with suspected or confirmed COVID‑19.
  • Understand the limited value of using a test-based strategy to inform patient care.
  • Understand the importance of and implement a protocol to monitor and manage dental health care personnel.
  • Ensure regular training is accomplished to reinforce measures to reduce the risk of SARS‑CoV‑2.


  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

Please Note:

  • This course may not satisfy individual state requirements on CDC/Infection Control. Please check with your State Board to verify.
  • Iowa Dental Professionals: This course does not comply with the Iowa Dental Board for recertification in the area of Iowa jurisprudence, as established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Note:  Registration is required to take test.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Dr. Huber has done consulting work for Procter & Gamble and serves on the Advisory Board.
Michaell A. Huber

Michaell A. Huber


Professor* Department of Comprehensive Dentistry The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Dentistry, San Antonio, Texas

Dr. Michaell A. Huber is an Adjunct Professor of Oral Medicine, Department of Comprehen...

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