The Regulation of Infection Control

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


Patients have a reasonable expectation that the care they receive and the environment it is performed in are safe. All those working within a dental practice should also expect a level of safety in the workplace. It can be reasonably argued that dental healthcare workers may have a higher risk of acquired infection in the workplace based on their increased exposure to this environment rather than patients whose exposure is considerably less. Dentists and other dental healthcare workers have professional, ethical and legal obligations they must meet. In addition to this, business owners will have further obligations to their staff, patients who attend their practice and the public.

Further Reading

Healthcare-associated Viral and Bacterial Infections in Dentistry

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  2. Molinari JA. Infection control: its evolution to the current standard precautions. J Am Dent Assoc. 2003;134(5):569–74.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Oosthuysen J, Potgieter E, Fossey A. Compliance with infection prevention and control in oral health-care facilities: a global perspective. Int Dent J. 2014;64(6):297–311.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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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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