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CDC Division of Oral Health’s Four Basic Principles for Infection Control

  • Take action to stay healthy
  • Avoid contact with blood
  • Limit the spread of blood and blood-contaminated saliva
  • Make instruments and equipment safe for use

The portable nature of school-based dental sealant programs presents particular challenges for infection control. Schools often lack unused classrooms, so programs may operate in any available space (e.g., the cafeteria, the stage, the nurse’s office, the gymnasium). The space may or may not include a sink, and students and staff may need to pass through the area. Some programs need to move their equipment and materials from school to school frequently, and in certain instances the portable operatory must be set up and taken down daily.