Module 2: Infection Control
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Please Note: This curriculum was developed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and may not reflect current guidance for materials, procedures, and infection control.

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2.0 Infection Control


This module presents procedures for infection control in school-based dental sealant programs when conducting screenings to select teeth for sealant placement and when applying sealants. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Oral Health’s four basic principles for infection control, the level of anticipated contact between the oral health professional and the child during these procedures, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations are the basis for these infection-control guidelines.1

Learning Objectives:

  • List three factors that make infection control a challenge for school-based dental sealant programs.
  • List three things that program staff should do to protect their health.
  • Explain what determines the need for personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, face protection, protective clothing).
  • List the two options for sterilizing instruments in Ohio.
  • Explain CDC’s recommendation for water used for routine dental treatment.

Time Needed to Complete This Module

Approximately 20 minutes