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Dental Handpiece Care and Processing

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Following recommended methods for cleaning, maintaining and sterilizing handpieces can provide a safe care environment for patients and staff.

After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Discuss disease transmission in dental settings.
  2. Describe when federal infection prevention guidelines were introduced, the nature of the recommendations, and the basic principles of infection control.
  3. List U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dental handpiece sterilization guidelines.
  4. Explain the need to consider recommendations from CDC, as well as device manufacturers, when cleaning, maintaining and sterilizing handpieces.

This course was issued in July 2020 and expires July 2023. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.

Belmont Business Media is an ADA CERP-recognized provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ada.org/cerp. Belmont Business Media Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. 7/1/2023 to 6/30/2026. Provider ID 317924
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