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Safe Dental Care Starts with Sterilization and Disinfection

Leslie Canham

About This Course

As dental professionals, it is our responsibility to ensure that patients are safe in our care. This course will focus on the proper techniques for sterilization and disinfection to provide safe dental care. Instruments, patient care items, dental equipment, devices, and the dental treatment room itself are areas where appropriate infection control procedures must be performed. Infection control means controlling the spread of disease agents by performing certain procedures. Infection control conducted properly, can prevent or reduce the risk of disease transmission to patients and dental healthcare providers (DHCP).
Topics covered are:

  1. Transmission of Infection
  2. Hand Hygiene
  3. Personal Protective Attire
  4. Transporting Contaminated Instruments
  5. Cleaning instruments
  6. Preparing Instruments for Sterilization
  7. Biological Monitoring
  8. Chemical Sterilants and High Level Disinfectants
  9. Classification of Instruments
  10. Loading the Sterilizer
  11. The Dental Operatory
  12. Environmental Surfaces
  13. Disinfectants
  14. The Dental Unit and other Devices
  15. Dental Unit Water Lines

Course Staff

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Leslie Canham, CDA, RDA

Leslie is an international speaker and consultant specializing in Infection Control, OSHA Compliance, HIPAA regulations, and treating special needs patients. Her vast experience in the dental field since 1972 along with her OSHA knowledge, gives Leslie a unique perspective on how dental practices can be safe, compliant, and productive. Leslie is recognized as a Certified Speaking Professional and has earned the reputation as an outstanding speaker in dentistry. Leslie is authorized as an OSHA Trainer and is approved by the California Dental Board and the Academy of General Dentistry (PACE) as a continuing education provider. In addition to her busy speaking schedule, Leslie provides in-office training, consulting, mock OSHA inspections, dental office audits, and webinars.

Certification Information

Approved Pace Program Provider
Approved PACE Program Provider FAGD/MAGD Credit
Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement 7/1/19 to 6/30/23
Provider ID #309475
Students who successfully complete this course will receive 2 Continuing Education Credits.

This course provider is registered in the state of California to provide license renewal for California Provider #3825

Always check with your specific state/territory board and licensing requirements. For dental professionals in the United States, check requirements according to the American Dental Association website. For information about continuing education requirements in Canada, visit the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to purchase a textbook for this course?

No, all the required readings are included.

If I have a DentalPost Dental Professional and a DentalPost Dental Practice account, which one do I need to log into in order to take this course?

Use your Dental Professional account to take this course. If you only have a Dental Practice profile, you will need to create a Dental Professional account, which is free to do.

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