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Dental Instrument Cleanliness
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Can a dental instrument be sterile but dirty? When it comes to reprocessing of dental instruments, how clean is clean enough? Does the cleanliness of an instrument affect its ability to be sterilized? What is a single-use instrument? What does the Food and Drug Administration consider to be a validated cleaning process? This course will examine these other issues concerning the cleanliness of dental instruments, including American Dental Association laboratory research on cleanliness.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the difference between clean and sterile

  • Describe how instrument cleanliness affects its ability to be sterilized

  • Determine how clean is clean enough for dental instruments

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