Friday, April 24, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM PDT
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Debi Diaz 
Monterey Bay Dental Society 

Infection Control and California Dental Practice Act 

This course is designed to provide an overview of laws, regulations, and guidelines — including infection control — that help dental professionals ensure the safety of both their patients and themselves. It meets the Dental Board of California license renewal requirement. 

C.E. units: 4.5 (core)

Infection Control

Infection control training isn’t just something we do to satisfy OSHA requirements on paper once a year. It’s something we do to protect health and lives—our own and our patients’.

As rates of infections and novel mutations of bacteria (including antibiotic-resistant strains) and viruses keep news crews busy around the globe, it sometimes feel like The Walking Dead out there. But what about in the dental practice? We see evidence of infection control breaches reported in media regularly; the last thing any practice needs is to become the public face of a serious infectious outbreak.

The best line of defense against infection for dentists, staff, and patients is a strong offense. That’s your infection control program.

In this lively, interactive course, Theresa McCarter brings the importance of infection control to life, tracing the paths of contagion in the dental practice from sources to transmission vectors. She helps staff visualize and internalize even tiny vulnerabilities in the infection control chain and understand how strong infection control protocols shut them down, cutting off every possible avenue of escape.

From disinfection to sterilization to education to the critical importance of vaccinations, Theresa’s unique approach to this topic is…infectious.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review and comprehend OSHA regulations and their importance.
  • Recognize potential modes of transmission in the dental setting.
  • Understand aerosol transmission and how to screen for potential hazards.
  • Recognize and be able to implement the steps to be taken to protect the dental professional.
  • Understand the importance of vaccinations, education and how exposure plays a key part in the cycle of infection.
  • Define prevention strategies that can be implemented in the dental office.
  • Review safe injection practices.
  • Understand and perform proper hand hygiene.
  • Understand how to implement the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

California Dental Practice Act

This course is designed to provide an overview of current regulations and guidelines that will ensure the safety of both the practitioner, as well as the patient. Throughout the course we will discuss topics ranging from Dental Board complaints to best practices in daily functions of a clinic. These subjects include:

  • The Dental Practice Act
  • HIPAA law requirements
  • Scope of practice
  • Record keeping best practices
  • New CURE regulations
  • Role and use of dental auxiliaries
  • Practice structure basics
  • Criminal Proceedings
  • Fines, sanctions and restrictions
  • Response to legal proceedings
  • License renewal

The Dental Board of California requires that all dentists, RDHs and RDAs take 2 units of dental law every two years in order to renew their licenses. (The hiring and employing dentist must be sure every non-registered DA has taken the law and infection control course once.). This course will fulfill this requirement by covering the required subject matter in a straight forward and informative manner.


Theresa McCarter, RDH 

Theresa McCarter, RDH, BSDH is a clinician, educator, author, consultant, and a national speaker. She is a graduate of Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Program and Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry in Southern California.

Julia Goldman, Esq.

Julia Goldman, Esq., practices law in Tiburon, CA, at The Goldman Law Firm and specializes in defending small and mid-size businesses, including medical professionals such as dentists and specialists. Ms. Goldman specializes in the areas of business/business entities, employment, license defense, and personal injury.