CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Healthcare Settings

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CDC develops guidelines and recommendations to improve the effectiveness and impact of public health interventions and inform key audiences, such as clinicians, public health practitioners, and the public.


CDC’s Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings—2003 were developed by CDC in collaboration with other authorities on infection control to provide dental health care personnel overall guidance on infection prevention practices. These guidelines describe the minimum standard of practice recommended for safe care in all dental settings. Some infection prevention and control practices, however, are mandated by federal, state, or local regulations.


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