Infection control tools

OSAP, the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, has developed a number of tools to educate patients and dental staff about patient safety in dentistry. They can be found and downloaded at

Patient resources
The website includes the following tools designed for patients:

  • Questions for your dentist: Five questions patients should ask about infection control. (Examples: How do you know that the sterilizer is working properly? Do you disinfect the surfaces in the operatory between patients?)
  • Travel resources: a traveler’s guide to safe dentistry.
  • Overview of dental office infection control practices: a variety of infection control resources – including online videos – from the American Dental Association.
  • Five things to do in the dentist’s office: an article for patients from CNN Health. (Here are the five: Watch the gloves, check out the office, ask for autoclave validation, check the instruments, speak up.)

Dental team resources
The OSAP toolkit includes the following resources for the dental team:

  • Reassuring patients: Seven key talking points. How to discuss infection prevention with your patients.
  • OSAP infection control workbook. “CDC Guidelines: From Policy to Practice by OSAP,” a 170-page workbook with practical information to help healthcare professionals put recommendations into practice.
  • OSAP interactive guide to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Complimentary interactive guide, also available in Spanish.
  • OSAP checklist for incorporating CDC guidelines. OSAP converted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings – 2003” into a checklist for dental practices.
  • CDC Guidelines and Recommendations: Oral health resources, including information on safe injection practices from the nation’s leading public health agency.
  • CDC “Recommended Infection Control Practices for Dentistry.” Infection control resources, including fact sheets, FAQs, glossary and publications.
  • American Dental Association “Statement on Infection Control in Dentistry,” issued March 29, 2013.
  • ADA “Policy Statement on Bloodborne Pathogens, Infection Control and the Practice of Dentistry.”
  • Strategies to reassure patients. Tips on reassuring patients of the dental practice’s safety procedures.

To visit the OSAP toolkit, go to

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