Key Points

  • The portable nature of school-based dental sealant programs presents particular challenges for infection control.
  • It is critical that program staff receive education and training on the principles and rationale for recommended infection-control practices.
  • To protect their health, program staff should (1) stay current on recommended immunizations; (2) follow appropriate hand-hygiene protocols; and (3) ensure that all staff members receive education and training about the principles of infection control, occupation-related risks for infection, taking measures to prevent exposures, and post-exposure management.
  • The need for personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, face protection, protective clothing) is determined based on the amount of anticipated spatter or contact with the patient’s mucous membranes or with instruments, equipment, or surfaces that may be contaminated with infectious agents.
  • In Maryland instruments may be heat sterilized on- or off-site.
  • CDC recommends that water used for routine dental treatment meets EPA regulatory standards for drinking water.