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GPS Managing the Regulatory Environment


You already know that dental practices are subject to numerous regulations from multiple agencies at the federal, state and local levels. While they may seem onerous and never-ending, it’s important to keep in mind that regulations exist to ensure the safety of a broad community of stakeholders including your patients, the members of your team, you, and even the world around us.

Managing the Regulatory Environment

  • Managing the Regulatory Environment: Why It Matters

    Adherence to current regulations and guidelines is one of the most challenging aspects of running a dental practice, especially since it requires dealing with so many different agencies. Being knowledgeable about current regulations and working towards compliance are critical steps for practices to achieve both a safe dental office and peace of mind.

  • Managing Regulatory | Resources

    A compilation of all of the resources found in the Managing Regulatory module of Guidelines for Practice Success

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Overview

    One of the primary ways CDC protects public health and safety is through conducting research and providing health information to protect people against disease.

  • Dental Unit Water Lines

    While infections caused by contaminated water lines are rare, especially among healthy individuals, other people, such as the elderly and patients with compromised immune systems, may be more susceptible to infection.

  • Hand Hygiene

    Proper hand hygiene is an effective way to help prevent the spread of infection between patients and dental health care workers during both routine procedures and more invasive oral surgeries.

  • Infection Control

    Many dental practices assign a clinical staff member, often a dental assistant or hygienist, to serve as the office’s compliance officer or compliance manager. Typically, the primary duties of this position are

  • Medical Waste Disposal

    Waste generated in oral health settings is usually broken down into different categories, such as: office waste or common refuse; recyclable waste; hazardous waste, which includes lead aprons and electronics; universal waste, which includes batteries and light bulbs; and medical waste, either infectious or non-infectious.

  • Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette

    Respiratory hygiene is intended to build awareness of signs of illness that could indicate someone, either a patient or a member of the dental team, has a respiratory infection.

  • Sharps Safety, Disposal, and Safe Injection Practices

    Exposure to used sharps in the dental practice can often be prevented by having, and following, policies and procedures that address sharps safety.

  • Staff Immunizations

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has guidelines that specify which immunizations are recommended for healthcare workers, including those in dental practices.

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