Dental Assistant Professional Organizations

As with many specialties in the health care industry, there are a few professional organizations that exist to help people working in dental assistant jobs stay current in their field and maintain involvement with other colleagues. Through these organizations, dental assistants can follow scientific and research updates, learn about continuing education resources, or study other advocacy issues. These entities can also be quite helpful for those who are thinking about pursuing a career in dental assisting and require further information.

The American Dental Association (ADA) is the world’s oldest and largest dental society. Founded in 1859, the group has more than 157,000 members from all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The ADA strives to promote the dental profession at national, state, and local levels.

As the oldest and largest group representing professional dental assistants, the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) has an array of members. Clinical personnel who work right along with dentists, as well as those who handle more administrative matters, such as receptionists, office managers, and practice managers, are members of this organization. The ADAA also includes people in dental product sales, insurance, and dental assistant education. State associations and local groups also help the ADAA advance its purpose.

The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) provides credentialing services to the dental community. The group creates dental assisting tests and helps with matters of recertification. Founded in 1948, DANB is a non-profit organization with strong support in the dental community. The ADA recognizes DANB as the national certification organization for dental assistants.

For links to other state dental associations, see the listing available at the website of the American Association of Dental Boards.

Last Updated: 05/05/2014

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