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Back to Basics: Standard Precautions Essential for Dental Office Safety

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends and the Dental Board of California (DBC) requires standard precautions to be used for the care of all patients regardless of their diagnoses or personal infectious status. Standard precautions in dentistry refer to a set of infection prevention practices designed to prevent the transmission of infectious agents from patient to dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) and vice versa. These precautions are recommended regardless of patients’ perceived infection status and include: hand hygiene; use of personal protective equipment; sharps safety; cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization; proper waste management, etc. These precautions are essential to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in dental settings.

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