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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.

Exam Reference Materials

  • Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 10th and 11th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012 and 2015.
    2. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2008 and 2013.
    3. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2007 and 2013.
    4. Harris, Norman O., Franklin Garcia-Godoy and Christine Nielson Nathe. Primary Preventive Dentistry. 7th and 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2008 and 2014.
    5. Wilkins, Esther M. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. 10th and 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2008 and 2013.
  • Coronal Polish (CP) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 10th and 11th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012 and 2015.
    2. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2008 and 2013.
    3. Wilkins, Esther M. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. 10th and 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2008 and 2013.
    4. Miller, Chris H. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2009 and 2014.
    5. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2009 and 2013.
    6. Hatrick, Carol D., and W. S. Eakle. Dental Materials: Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists. 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2016.

  • General Chairside Assisting (GC) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 10th and 11th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012 and 2015.
    2. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2008 and 2013.
    3. Hatrick, Carol D., and W. S. Eakle. Dental Materials: Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists. 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2016.
    4. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2013.
    5. Little, James W., Donald A. Falace, Craig S. Miller and Nelson L. Rhodus. Dental Management of the Medically Compromised Patient. 8th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2013.
    6. Malamed, Stanley F. Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office. 7th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2015.
    7. Gaylord, Linda J. The Administrative Dental Assistant. 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012. 
    8. “General Chairside Assisting: A Review for a National Chairside Exam” (Course #613). www.dentalassistant.org

  • Infection Control (ICE) Exam

    1. Miller, Chris H. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2014.
    2. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 10th and 11th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012 and 2015.
    3. Molinari, John A., and Jennifer A. Harte. Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2010.
    4. “Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings 2003.” Vol. 52, RR 17. www.cdc.gov.
    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. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2008 and 2013.
    7. From Policy to Practice: OSAP’s Guide to the Guidelines. Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). www.osap.org.
    8. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2013.
    9. U.S. Public Health Service. Guidelines for Post Exposure Management.
    www.osha.gov
    www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00052722.htm
    www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol
    10. Infection Control in the Dental Office: A Review for a National Infection Control Exam Course #0906. American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA). www.dentalassistant.org.
    11. Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings, Course #1305. American Dental Assistants Association.

  • Impressions (IM) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 10th and 11th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012 and 2015.
    2. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2008 and 2013.
    3. Hatrick, Carol D. and W. S. Eakle. Dental Materials: Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists. 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2016.
    4. Powers, John M., and John C. Wataha. Dental Materials: Properties and Manipulation. 10th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2013.
    5. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2007 and 2013.
    6. Wilkins, Esther M. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. 10th and 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2008 and 2013.
    7. Miller, Chris H. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2014.

  • Isolation (IS) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 10th and 11th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012 and 2015.
    2. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2008 and 2013.
    3. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2007 and 2013.
    4. Tyler, Lori. Pearson’s Comprehensive Dental Assisting. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2009.
    5. Miller, Chris H. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2014.

  • Orthodontic Assisting (OA) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 10th and 11th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012 and 2015.
    2. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2008 and 2013.
    3. Proffit, William R., Henry W. Fields and David M. Sarver. Contemporary Orthodontics. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2006 and 2013.
    4. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2013.

  • Restorative Functions (RF) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 10th and 11th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012 and 2015.
    2. Hatrick, Carol D., and W. S. Eakle. Dental Materials: Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists. 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2016.
    3. Phinney, Donna J. and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2008 and 2013.
    4. Powers, John M. and John C. Wataha. Dental Materials: Properties and Manipulation. 10th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2013.
    5. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2007 and 2013.
    6. Miller, Chris H., and Charles Palenik. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2009 and 2014.

  • Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam

    1. Johnson, Orlen N., and Evelyn M.Thomson. Essentials of Dental Radiography for Dental Assistants and Hygienists. 9th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2012.
    2. Ianucci, Joan M., and Laura J. Howerton. Dental Radiography Principles and Techniques (with CD-ROM). 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012. 
    3. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 10th and 11th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012 and 2015.
    4. Frommer, Herbert H., and Jeanine J. Stabulas-Savage. Radiology for the Dental Professional. 9th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2011.
    5. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2013.
    6. Miles, Dale A., Margot L. Van Dis, Gail F. Williamson, and Catherine W. Jensen. Radiographic Imaging for the Dental Team. 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2009. 
    7. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning, 2008 and 2013.
    8. “An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Dental Radiography,” Course #715. American Dental Assistants Association. www.dentalassistant.org
    9. Miller, Chris H. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2014.

  • Sealants (SE) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 10th and 11th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012 and 2015.
    2. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2008 and 2013.
    3. Wilkins, Esther M. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. 10th and 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2008 and 2013.
    4. Miller, Chris H. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2009 and 2014.
    5. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2007 and 2013.
    6. Hatrick, Carol D., and W. S. Eakle. Dental Materials: Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists. 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2016.

  • Topical Anesthetic (TA) Exam

    1. Wilkins, Esther M. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. 10th and 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2008 and 2013.
    2. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 10th and 11th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012 and 2015.
    3. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2008 and 2013.
    4. Malamed, Stanley F. Handbook of Local Anesthesia. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2013.
    5. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2007 and 2013.

  • Topical Fluoride (TF) Exam

    1. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2008 and 2013.
    2. Wilkins, Esther M. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. 10th and 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2008 and 2013.
    3. Harris, Norman O., Franklin Garcia-Godoy and Christine Nielson Nathe. Primary Preventive Dentistry. 7th and 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2008 and 2014.
    4. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 10th and 11th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012 and 2015.
    5. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2007 and 2013.
    6. Hatrick, Carol D., and W. S. Eakle. Dental Materials: Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists. 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2016.
    7. Darby, Michele Leonardi. Mosby’s Comprehensive Review of Dental Hygiene. 7th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2012. 

  • Temporaries (TMP) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 10th and 11th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012 and 2015.
    2. Hatrick, Carol D., and W. S. Eakle. Dental Materials: Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists. 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2016.
    3. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2008 and 2013.
    4. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2007 and 2013.
    5. Powers, John M., and John C. Wataha. Dental Materials: Properties and Manipulation. 10th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2013.
    6. Miller, Chris H. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2014.

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