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Infection Control for the Pediatric Dental Patient

Learning Objectives:  

After hearing this podcast, the listener should:

  • Learn some new and “fun” ways to help pediatric patients practice appropriate dental hygiene
  • Learn some minor alterations that they can make in everyday practice to help pediatric patients feel more comfortable and happy

Not all microorganisms are harmful and, in fact, many are protective. In pedodontic practices, there is an opportunity to play up this concept of “clean” by providing children and their parents with take-home guidelines or infection control products. Publicizing office asepsis practices and sending home reminders with patients helps to market the office’s commitment to high standards and focuses the dental team on consistent personal hygiene and safety.

Especially in pedodontic offices, the thoughts and feelings of the patients must be taken into consideration when selecting procedural equipment. Equipment should be selected to make the patient feel comfortable and at ease, while still providing the best protection for the clinician. There are many simple steps that can be taken to help patients feel comfortable, but infection control is never the less a topic to be handled seriously and with great consideration.

Related Reading:  

1. Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings---2003, Centers for Disease Control MMWR Dec. 19, 2003 / 52(RR17):1-61.

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