Exam Reference Materials

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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. Any one reference will likely not include all the material required to study to take and pass the exam.

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. You may obtain the reference materials below through various libraries and bookstores, or you may contact the publisher directly.

Exam Reference Materials

  • Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 12th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2018.

    2. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 5th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2018.

    3. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2017.

  • Coronal Polishing (CP) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 5th and 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2013 and 2017.

    2. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 11th and 12th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2015 and 2018.

    3. Blue, Christine M., Darby’s Comprehensive Review of Dental Hygiene. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 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. 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, 2018.

    7. Wilkins, Esther M. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2017.

  • General Chairside Assisting (GC) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2017.

    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. 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 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. 9th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2018.

    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. 5th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2018.

  • Impressions (IM) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2017.

    2. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 11th and 12th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2015 and 2018.

    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. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 5th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2018.

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

    6. Wilkins, Esther M. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2017.
  • Infection Control (ICE) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 5th ed. and 6th. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2013 and 2017.

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


    3. 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

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

    5. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 5th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2018.

    6. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. www.osha.gov.
  • 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.

  • Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2017.

    2. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 11th and 12th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2015 and 2018.

    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. 10th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2018.

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

    6. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 5th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning, 2018.

  • Restorative Functions (RF) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2017.

    2. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 12th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2018.

    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. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2017.

    5. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 5th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2018.

    6. Powers, M. John and Wataha, John C. Dental Materials: Properties and Manipulation. 10th ed. Elsevier, 2013.

  • Sealants (SE) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2017.

    2. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 11th and 12th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2015 and 2018.

    3. Harris, O. Norman, Garcia-Godoy, Franklin, and Nielsen Nathy, Christine. Primary Preventive Dentistry. 8th ed. Pearson, 2013. 

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

    6. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 5th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2018.

  • Temporaries (TMP) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2017.

    2. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 12th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2018.

    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. Phinney, Donna J., and Judy H. Halstead. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. 5th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2018.

    5. Miller, Chris H. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby, 2017.

  • Topical Fluoride (TF) Exam

    1. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Modern Dental Assisting. 11th and 12th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2015 and 2018.

    2. Bird, Doni L., and Debbie S. Robinson. Essentials of Dental Assisting. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders, 2017.

    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. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2013.

    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. 5th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, 2018.

    7. Wilkins, Esther M. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 2017.
Prepare for DANB Exams with Outlines

Before you take one of DANB’s exams, set off in the right direction with an exam outline, which lists every topic that may be covered on an exam.

DANB’s Exam Outlines