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Understanding dental infection control guidelines and procedures is essential for dental assistants and other dental professionals. This review course covers those topics and more. Plus, it offers excellent preparation for the DANB Infection Control exam.


Course Overview

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Pre-Assessment Questions
Months to Access Course
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Post-Course Assessment Questions

Controlling the spread of infectious disease in the dental office often requires specialized techniques and procedures. This course will help you learn to recognize and restrict the spread of infection, recognize the risk of infectious diseases to patients in the office, and sharpen your knowledge of dental instrument sterilization.

This course covers the differences among cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing, and how and when to use each technique. You’ll also learn the difference between disposable and reusable dental devices and when each should be used. Other topics include proper use of barrier techniques, hand hygiene, how and when to use standard personal protective equipment, and more. Understanding this information is an important foundation to ensure safety in the dental office and will help you prepare for the DANB Infection Control (ICE) exam.

Questions are not from actual DANB exams, and completing the review course does not guarantee that you will pass the DANB ICE exam.

Course Credentials

August 2011
April 2014; April 2016; September 2018; August 2021
Next Review:
August 2024


Infection Control (ICE) exam

Course Compatibility

Desktop, laptop and tablet

AGD Code: 148

After completing this review course, you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the risk of infectious diseases to patients in the office
  • Understand the chain of infection and the ways diseases are transmitted
  • Identify the risks of procedures and services to patients and dental professionals
  • Apply universal precautions
  • Recognize the need for immunization against infectious diseases
  • Acknowledge the difference between disposable and reusable dental devices and when each type of device is to be used
  • Identify when and how to use standard personal protective equipment
  • Understand and use proper barrier techniques
  • Differentiate among cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing, and when and how to use each technique properly during oral healthcare delivery
  • Identify areas that require cleaning or disinfecting and apply the proper procedures
  • Prepare dental instruments and equipment for sterilization
  • Use proper hand hygiene
  • Adhere to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard

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Subject Matter Experts

Ms. Govoni is a dental educator and consultant who provides advice and training to dental offices in the areas of practice management, infection control and office operations. She is an active member of the American Dental Assistants Association and the Michigan Dental Assistants Association. She has written many articles for dental-related journals, such as Dental Economics. Ms. Govoni has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Dr. Miller is the dean emeritus of the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has worked as a consultant and conducted research in the field of infection control for over 20 years. Dr. Miller has participated in several dental exam construction committees related to infection control, and has been an invited speaker at other dental-related professional organizations. Dr. Miller has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Dr. Molinari is the director of infection control for the Dental Advisor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He previously served as a professor and chairman of the department of biomedical sciences and director of infection control at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Dr. Molinari has published over 350 scientific articles, text chapters and abstracts on the topic of microbiology and infection control. He is an active member of many professional organizations, including the Michigan Dental Association. Dr. Molinari has financial relationships with Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Company and SciCan Inc.
Ms. Robbins is a recent graduate of dental assisting at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and works as a general chairside dental assistant for a local community dentist. Ms. Robbins has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


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The DALE Foundation is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 9/1/2021 to 8/31/2024. Provider ID# 355127