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Webinar: Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings (AGD 148)

Presenter: Natalie Kaweckyj, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA


This webinar is designed for all dental assistants to familiarize them with basic knowledge regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infection control guidelines regarding standard precautions and infection prevention. Highlighted will be the role of the dental assistant as a team member in helping ensure that proper infection control practice is followed in the office.


Natalie Kaweckyj currently resides in Minneapolis, MN, where she is the Senior Manager for a nonprofit dental clinic targeting the underserved children of Minnesota. Natalie graduated from the American Dental Association-accredited dental assisting program at ConCorde Career Institute and has received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology from Metropolitan State University. She has worked clinically, administratively and academically. Natalie is currently serving as on several ADAA Councils after having served on the ADAA Board of Trustees 2002 – 2012. She served as ADAA President in 2010-2011, and currently serving as ADAA President Elect again. She is the current Business Secretary and legislative chairman for the Minnesota Dental Assistants Association (MnDAA) and a three time past president of MnDAA. She also is a Past President of the Minnesota Educators of Dental Assistants (MEDA) and still an active member. In addition to her association duties, Natalie is very involved with the Minnesota state board of dentistry as well as with state legislature in the expansion of the dental assisting profession. She is a freelance writer and lecturer and is always working on some project. She has authored many other courses for the ADAA.


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

• Outline basic infection prevention expectations for safe care in dental settings as recommended in the Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings-2003;
• Describe basic infection prevention principles and recommendations for dental health care settings;
• Discuss Standard Precautions and how to implement them to prevent transmission of infectious agents during patient care in all dental health care settings; and
• Discuss the fundamental elements needed to prevent transmission of infectious agents in dental settings.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of this course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.

This course has been produced in part by a grant from the Professional Dental Assistants Education Foundation (PDAEF).


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