Infection Control……Why Is It Important?
The very first certification you receive at the Santa Clarita School of Dental Assisting is Infection Control. You ask why be certified in Infection Control? This is one of the most important certifications you are required to have as a Dental Assistant.
What is Infection Control?
At our school, you will learn the newest and preventative techniques to help control infections and communicable diseases that keep you, your patient, and coworkers safe in a dental office. By learning about infection control, you can help prevent the transmission of certain infections like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. Since you, as the dental assistant are around a patient, it is important to learn about patient-to-patient transfer and dental staff to patient transfer.
What is patient-to-patient transfer & dental to staff transfer?
Patient-to-patient transfer is when a surface, such as counters, chairs, are not properly cleaned and the “germs” are transferred to the next patient. This is how communicable diseases get spread throughout a dental office. It is extremely important for dental assistants to know how to properly sanitize and dispose of materials in the correct locations throughout the dental office. Our dental assistants will learn during our infection control course how to keep themselves and others protected. Our students go through a step-by-step training that includes a proper way to don and remove personal protective equipment (PPE).
Take a look at a video below titled “If Saliva Were Red.” We show this video so that all of our students are trained and knowledgeable on how to prevent diseases from spreading in their dental office.
Hopefully with this new knowledge, you can’t wait to learn more about what it takes to be a dental assistant! Along with being certified in infection control, you will be certified in CPR, California state radiology, coronal polishing, and pit and fissure sealants. Contact us for more information on how you can come in and see our current students in action!