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DANB exam committees use the following textbooks and reference materials to develop DANB’s exams. This list does not include all of the available textbooks and materials for studying dental assisting; these are simply the resources that Exam Committee subject matter experts determined as providing the most up-to-date information needed to meet or surpass a determined level of competency in the practice of dental assisting.

This list is intended to help prepare for a DANB exam. It is not intended to be an endorsement of any of the publications listed. You should prepare for DANB certification and component exams using as many different study materials as possible.

Reference Materials Appropriate for All Exams

1. Modern Dental Assisting, 9th and 10th editions. Bird, D. and Robinson, D.
2. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach, 3rd and 4th editions. Phinney, D. and Halstead, J.
3. Essentials of Dental Assisting, 5th edition. Robinson, D. and Bird, D. 

General Chairside Assisting (GC) Exam Reference Materials

1. Dental Materials: Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists. 2nd edition. Hatrick, C.
2. Dental Management of the Medically Compromised Patient, 8th edition. Little, J.
3. Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office, 6th edition. Malamed, S.
4. The Administrative Dental Assistant, 3rd edition. Gaylord, L.
5. General Chairside Assisting: A Review for a National Chairside Exam (Course #613). www.dentalassistant.org

Infection Control (ICE) Exam Reference Materials

1. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team, 5th edition. Miller, C.
2. Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry, 3rd edition. Molinari, J.A. and Harte, J.A.
3. “Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings 2003.” Vol. 52, RR 17. www.cdc.gov
4. CDC’s Guidelines: From Policy to Practice by OSAP. www.osap.org
5. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov
    • "Hazard Communication Guidelines for Compliance" (Publication 3111) 
    • “Hazard Communication Standard (Code of Federal Regulations #29, Part 1910) 
    • “Bloodborne Pathogens Standard” (1910.1030)
6. U.S. Public Health Service. Guidelines for Post Exposure Management. 
    • www.osha.gov 
    • Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Health-Care Worker Exposures to HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis
    • Infection Control in Dental Settings 
7. Infection Control in the Dental Office: A Review for an Infection Control Exam Course #0906.
American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA). www.dentalassistant.org  
8. Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings, Course #0904. American Dental Assistants Association. www.dentalassistant.org

Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam Reference Materials

1. Radiology for the Dental Professional, 9th edition. Frommer, H. and Stabulas-Savage, J.
2. Dental Radiography Principles and Techniques (with CD-ROM), 4th edition. Ianucci, J.
3. Essentials of Dental Radiography for Dental Assistants and Hygienists, 9th edition. Johnson, O. and Thomson, E.
4. Radiographic Imaging for the Dental Team, 4th edition. Miles, D. and VanDis, M.
5. “An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Dental Radiography,” Course #715. American Dental Assistants Association. www.dentalassistant.org.

Orthodontic Assisting (OA) Exam Reference Materials

Refer to chapters on orthodontic assisting in any of the following references:

1. Modern Dental Assisting, 9th and 10th edition. Bird, D. and Robinson, D.
2. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach, 3rd and 4th editions. Phinney, D. and Halstead, J.
3. Essentials of Dental Assisting, 5th edition. Robinson, D. and Bird, D.
4. Contemporary Orthodontics, 4th and 5th editions. Proffitt, W., Fields, H. and Sarver, D.

Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) Exam Reference Materials

1. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, 10th and 11th edition. Wilkins, E. M.
2. Dental Materials: Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists, 2nd edition. Hatrick, C., Eakle, W. and Bird, W. 
3. Essentials of Dental Hygiene: Clinical Skills, 2006. Cooper, M. D. and Wiechmann, L.
4. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team, 4th edition. Miller, C. and Palenik, C.
5. Mosby’s Comprehensive Review of Dental Hygiene, 7th edition. Darby, M. L.
6. Pearson’s Comprehensive Dental Assisting, 2009. Tyler, L.
7. Primary Preventive Dentistry, 7th edition. Harris, N. O. and Garcia-Godoy, F.
8. Torres and Ehrlich: Modern Dental Assisting, 9th and 10th edition. Bird, D. and Robinson, D. 

Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA) Exam Reference Materials

1. Dental Materials: Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists, 2nd edition. Hatrick, C., Eakle, W.and Bird, W.
2. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team, 4th edition. Miller, C. and Palenik, C.
3. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, 10th and 11th editions. Wilkins, E. M.
4. Mosby’s Comprehensive Review of Dental Hygiene, 7th edition. Darby, M. L.
5. Primary Preventive Dentistry, 7th edition. Harris, N. O. and Garcia-Godoy, F.

This list is intended to help prepare for a DANB exam. It is not intended to be an endorsement of any of the publications listed. You should prepare for DANB certification and component exams using as many different study materials as possible.