A History of Infection Control

  • Martin R. Fulford
  • Nikolai R. Stankiewicz
Part of the BDJ Clinician’s Guides book series (BDJCG)


Dental infection control guidance has evolved with our understanding of the microbiologic world. From the initial realisation of the role of bacteria in infections to the discovery of viruses and most recently prions, the methods that are employed to deliver safer care have been challenged. From the very earliest days of infection control in dentistry, cost and time have been barriers to compliance. Resources and infrastructure to deliver infection control are also necessary. This may prove a challenge in developing countries. What does remain a constant is that the knowledge we have garnered on infection control must be shared and taught to those in the profession if we are to provide a global effort in delivering the safest care we can.

Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin R. Fulford
    • 1
  • Nikolai R. Stankiewicz
    • 2
  1. 1.WedmoreUK
  2. 2.East LydfordUK

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