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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Regulations Governing the Practice of Dental Assistants [18 VAC 60 ‑ 30]
Action Training in infection control
Comment Period Ends 3/31/2021
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3/31/21  2:06 pm
Commenter: Stephanie Bettis, RDH/DA


As a Dental Hygienist and a former Dental Assistant, I strongly agree that infection control should be number one priority. This is a portion required for CDAs to get their certificate anyways. Also, in these times where we are more highly focused on infection control because of COVID these healthcare personnel should have the highest standard of infection control. In regards to OHSA, infection control falls under that which by law should be follow at every office. I know I have heard from several offices that I have temped in that say they wish their Dental Assistants had the same infection control concerns and regulations that are taught to dentist and hygienist. Do we really want these DAs to come out not having the slightest idea that a dirty instrument doesn’t go into a person mouth or not being able to check if the autoclave is working right? Which dental assistants are paid very good money to make sure they are running sterilization for dentist and sometimes even for hygienist. On that matter, I strongly agree that DAs should and always should have infection control in their course work. Thank you for reading my response and hopefully the right decision happens. 

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