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Transmission Precautions for Dental Aerosols

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Understanding the risk posed by aerosols will help minimize the possibility of infection transmission during dental procedures.

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

  1. Explain the risk factors and basic properties of aerosols generated during routine dental procedures.
  2. Describe ways in which dental aerosols are generated, and the types of pathogens they can harbor.
  3. List aerosol management techniques to mitigate the risk of cross-contamination to patients and providers.

This course was issued in the December 2018 issue and expires 12/31/21. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.


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