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Safety Standards and Infection Control for Dental Assistants

 The text is separated into five major areas according to their relevance to the dental assistant's role in infectious disease prevention, and contains numerous hands-on procedures and assessment questions designed to help readers track their comprehension and retention of presented material. Infection Control for Dental Assistants will also be helpful as a refresher resource for dental assistants already in private practice and as a chairside reference.


Reflecting the requirements of the Dental Assisting National Board on Task Analysis, this guide to workplace safety and infection control is intended to help students prepare for the National Infection Control Examination. It covers: microbiology and disease prevention; national guidelines, recommendations, and regulations; infection control techniques in the dental office; environmental health and safety; and office communications concerning infection control. The dental assistant's role in infectious disease prevention is emphasized throughout. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents
Section I: Microbiology and Disease Prevention Specific to Dentistry. Chapter 1: Introduction to Microbiology. Chapter 2: Disease Prevention in the Dental Office: Chapter 3: Patient Assessment. Chapter 4: Legal and Ethical Considerations of Infection Control. Section II: National Guidelines, Recommendations, and Regulations Affecting Dental Practice. Chapter 5: Regulatory Government Agencies and National Associations. Chapter 6: The Dental Office Safety Supervisor. Section III: Infection Control Techniques in the Dental Office. Chapter 7: Personal Safety and Barrier Protection. Chapter 8: Instrument Recirculation. Chapter 9: Surface and Equipment Asepsis. Chapter 10: Dental Laboratory Asepsis. Chapter 11: Infection Control in Dental Radiography. Section IV: Environmental Health and Safety (Hazard Communication) In the Dental Office. Chapter 12: Hazard Communication. Chapter 13: Waterline Bio films. Chapter 14: Work-Related Environmental Hazards. Chapter 15: Office Emergency Procedures. Section V: Office Communications Regarding Infection Control. Chapter 16: Marketing Infection Control