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Effective Surface Decontamination in the Dental Setting

Free dental continuing education course hosted by Dental CE Academy
Scroll below for course description and schedule of upcoming dates



CREDITS: This continuing education activity is designated for 1 credit

AGD PACE SUBJECT CODE:  148 Infection Control

MODE: Electronically Mediated | On Demand Webinar| Recorded Lecture 8.8.2023 Review 12.31.24

SPEAKER: Dr. Kirsten Roling, DDS  (Bio below)

AUDIENCE: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Dental Assistants

TECHNOLOGY REQUIRED:  Mobile device, laptop or desktop with internet connection | Google Chrome Browser


  1. Watch the above recorded lecture. Do not fast forward, you may pause and resume at your own pace.

  2. Download the handout here

  3. Complete the quiz here 

  4. Request assistance with CE credit

  5. CE credit verification will be sent to you from Dental CE Academy, within 1 - 5 minutes of quiz completion. Verify the email you entered is correct. Be sure to check spam/junk/promotions folders. 

COURSE SUMMARY: The practice of dentistry is primarily procedural. Contaminated environmental surfaces, including clinical contact and housekeeping surfaces, become a reservoir of infectious material with the potential to spread an infection to health-care personnel and patients. Transmission of pathogens can occur by direct or indirect contact of clinical contact surfaces and the hands of health-care personnel. Surface decontamination is essential to disrupting the Chain of Infection.


  • Compare decontamination to disinfection

  • Contrast clinical surfaces to housekeeping surfaces and assign the proper disinfection protocols

  • Describe how transmission of pathogens occur by direct or indirect contact of clinical contact surfaces 

  • Demonstrate proper infection control protocol of surfaces to include cleaning, disinfection, and the use of barriers

  • Discuss the Spaulding Classification and potential risk of infection posed to the patient from contamination 

  • Apply criteria for the selection of appropriate disinfectants

  • Describe how effective surface decontamination is essential to reducing the impact of antimicrobial resistance

INSTRUCTIONS: Upon registration you will be sent a confirmation email from "" We recommend logging in 15 minutes prior to start time in the event you require assistance. Course handout will be distributed at the start of the webinar. Upon successful completion of quiz/course evaluation your CE Credit  will be sent to your email within 1 -5 minutes. For assistance please submit your request:










SPEAKER'S BIO: Dr. Kirsten Roling, DDS is the Chief Education Officer for Dental CE Academy administered by Virtual Dontics® Education LLC. She completed dental school training at the University of California, San Francisco; during the height of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic. Dr. Roling is credited as an early pioneer of Teledentistry. Her clinical practice spans pediatrics to geriatrics. Previously an Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF; and Public Health Preceptor, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Dr. Roling also held the position as Chief for the Office of Oral Health, Maricopa County, Department of Public Health where she administed the nation's largest oral health prevention programs for the third largest U.S. public health department. As a mobile dental provider, she commanded a large teledentistry practice to treat homebound geriatric patients. She is a recipient of the Pediatric Oral Health Access Program (POHAP) scholarship and provided dental services pro bono to at risk infants and foster children. She has completed certification through the American Dental Education Association in conjunction with the Academy of Academy Leadership and Institute for Allied Health Educators "Advances in Educational Methodology." In 2017 she was published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry, and in 2018 interviewed by National Public Radio. 

DISCLOSURE OF SPEAKER AND FACULTY COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS:  According to Dental CE Academy's  Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Policy, faculty and speakers for any course are expected to disclose any economic support, personal interests, or potential bias that may be perceived as creating a conflict related to the material being presented. Disclosure statements are printed in each course description and announced by moderators or individual speakers at the beginning of each presentation. This policy is intended to alert the audience to any potential bias or conflict so that participants may form their own judgments about the material being presented.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: This course is sponsored by Medical Partners Int'l, Evaclean, Pur:One.  The speaker, Dr. Kirsten Roling is the Chief Education Officer for Dental CE Academy, declares no financial relationship with Dental CE Academy. She has not received a speaker's  honorarium.  No corporate entity has contributed or influenced the content for this course.  For written documentation contact


DENTAL CE ACADEMY DISCLOSURE: The views expressed and opinions and materials presented during these live and recorded presentations represent the personal views and opinions of the individual speaker and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Dental CE Academy.  Dental CE Academy assumes no responsibility for the content of the presentations made by the individual speakers. Any suggested protocols for treatment, materials, or services may be based up on the speakers' own clinican experience and should not be construed as Dental CE Academy recommended or endorsed. Selected presentations may include exploratory research or experimental procedures and are intended for informational purposes that may lead to new interest and scientific breakthroughs in the fields of dentistry.  Dental CE Academy appreciates its educators who share their knowledge and expertise. This level of dedication to dentistry allows our profession to expand and thrive and provokes necessary discussion and understanding. 

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