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January 31 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm @ Tacoma, WA

Infection Control & Maintenance of Dental Handpieces and Related Instruments

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Infection Control & Maintenance of Dental Handpieces and Related Instruments


Infection control in dental settings has been an important topic for decades.

Especially true since the possible transmission of HIV, from a dentist to several patients, in the early 1990’s. Even with multiple updates to infection control guidelines from the CDC there are still misunderstandings in the dental community about what the actual guidelines recommend and how a licensed dental clinician is held accountable. Proper dental instrument maintenance along with the various manufacturers’ recommendations for maintenance and sterilization often provide compliant infection control strategies.


CE Credits: 2

For DDS, DMD, RDH, and CDA only. Provided by University of Washington


Educational Objectives

When you complete this educational activity, you will be able to:

  • Learn the history of current infection control guidelines

  • Understand and discuss key requirements of the CDC guidelines for dental settings

  • Understand clinician accountability to the infection control guidelines

  • Implement proper maintenance and instrument sterilization techniques

  • Avoid common mistakes


Doug Mayer – Guest Speaker Infection Control and Maintenance of Dental Handpieces and Related Instruments

Guest Speaker

Doug Mayer is currently in his 25th year in the dental handpiece business. He is an expert in dental handpiece design, use, maintenance, and infection control. He has designed several current generation handpiece systems as well as written the handpiece maintenance and infection control protocols for the two largest handpiece companies in North America. Doug has trained over 5,000 dealer Sales and Service personnel in the USA and Canada, countless dental offices, as well as the sales force for two of the top handpiece manufacturers in the dental industry.



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University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. University of Washington designates this activity for 2 hours of continuing education credits.

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