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​Dentists and other staff providing oral health in community health centers and free clinics must manage a variety of risks unique to their specialty, from special infection control concerns to radiation dose management.

Patients often face barriers to accessing oral healthcare including an inadequate supply of oral health providers, suboptimal insurance coverage, and a lack of understanding of the link between oral health and overall health. Oral diseases are often preventable, but if left untreated they can lead to other serious complications. As a result, primary care providers can play a pivotal role in the oral healthcare of their patients.

This page lists resources to support dental risk management and patient safety on the Clinical Risk Management website. To see more resources from anywhere on the website, click Browse Topics at the top of the page and select the Clinical Specialty Dentistry or the Role Dentist.

Practice Alert

Limiting Radiation Exposure during Dental Radiographic Examinations*


Get Safe

Best Practices for Dental Equipment Sterilization and Disinfection*

Improve Oral Health through Integration with Primary Care*

Preventing Transmission of Infectious Diseases in the Dental Clinic*

Preventing Ingested or Aspirated Objects during Dental Procedures*


Sample Tools

Dental Instrument Sterilization Workflow

Dental Treatment Informed Refusal Form

Medical and Dental Offices: A Guide to Compliance with OSHA Standards


Risk and Safety E-News

Risk and Safety E-News is delivered every other Friday to Clinical Risk Management program users. See relevant items to dentists and oral health.


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