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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. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 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.

    6. The DALE Foundation. www.dalefoundation.org.
  • Coronal Polish (CP) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 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. 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. Miller, Chris H. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2014.

    5. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2013.

    6. Wilkins, Esther M. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2013.

    7. The DALE Foundation. www.dalefoundation.org.

  • General Chairside Assisting (GC) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2013.

    2. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 11th and 12th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2015 and 2017.

    3. Gaylord, Linda J. The Administrative Dental Assistant. 3rd and 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2012 and 2017. 

    4. 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.

    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. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2013.

    8. American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA). www.adaausa.org.

    • General Chairside Assisting: A Review for a National Chairside Exam (Course #613).
    9. The DALE Foundation. www.dalefoundation.org.
  • 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. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 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.

    8. The DALE Foundation. www.dalefoundation.org.


  • Infection Control (ICE) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2013.

    2. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 11th and 12th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2015 and 2017.

    3. Miller, Chris, and Charles J. Palenik. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2018.

    4. Molinari, John, and Jennifer Harte. Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2010.

    5. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2013.

    6. The Organization for Safety and Asepsis (OSAP). www.osap.org.

    • From Policy to Practice: OSAP’s Guide to the Guidelines. 
    • OSAP’s OSHA & CDC Guidelines: Interact Training System.

    7. The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA). www.adaausa.org.

    • Infection Control in the Dental Office: A Review for a National Infection Control Exam (Course #0906). 
    • Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings (Course #1305).

    8. The DALE Foundation. www.dalefoundation.org.

    9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). www.cdc.gov.
    • Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings — 2003 (MMWR, Vol. 52, RR 17).
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Oral Health; 2016.
    • Updated U.S. Public Health Service guidelines for the management of occupational exposures to HBV, HCV, and HIV and recommendations for postexposure prophylaxis (MMWR, Vol. 50, RR 11).
    10. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. www.osha.gov.
  • 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. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 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.

    6. The DALE Foundation. www.dalefoundation.org.
  • Orthodontic Assisting (OA) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 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. Proffit, William R., Henry W. Fields and David M. Sarver. Contemporary Orthodontics. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2006 and 2013.

    5. The DALE Foundation. www.dalefoundation.org.


  • Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2013.

    2. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 11th and 12th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2015 and 2017.

    3. Ianucci, Joen M., and Laura J. Howerton. Dental Radiography Principles and Techniques (with CD-ROM). 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2017.

    4. 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.

    5. Miller, Chris H. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 5th and 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2014 and 2018.

    6. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 5th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning, 2013.

    7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). www.cdc.gov.

    • Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings — 2003 (MMWR, Vol. 52, RR 17).
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Oral Health; 2016.

    8. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). www.osha.gov.

    • Hazard Communication Standard (Code of Federal Regulations #29, Part 1910).
    • Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (1910.1030).

    9. American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA). www.adaausa.org.

    • An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Dental Radiography (Course #715).
    10. The DALE Foundation. www.dalefoundation.org.


  • 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. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2013.

    6. Miller, Chris H. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2014.

    7. The DALE Foundation. www.dalefoundation.org.

  • Sealants (SE) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 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. 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. Miller, Chris H. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2014.

    5. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2008 and 2013.

    6. Wilkins, Esther M. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2013.

    7. The DALE Foundation. www.dalefoundation.org.
  • 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. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 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.

    7. The DALE Foundation. www.dalefoundation.org.


  • Topical Anesthetic (TA) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 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. Malamed, Stanley F. Handbook of Local Anesthesia. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2013.

    4. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 3rd and 4th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2008 and 2013.

    5. Wilkins, Esther M. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. 11th and 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2013 and 2017.

    6. The DALE Foundation. www.dalefoundation.org.
  • Topical Fluoride (TF) 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. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 4th and 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2007 and 2013.

    3. Blue, Christine M. Darby's Comprehensive Review of Dental Hygiene. 8th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier, 2017.

    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. 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.

    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. Wilkins, Esther M. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. 10th and 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2008 and 2013.

    8. The DALE Foundation. www.dalefoundation.org.
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