DANB introduces new and updated state resources

This DANB resource can help dental assistants find each state’s requirements

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The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) has recently updated the Meet State Requirements section of its website with the latest state dental assisting requirements.

This resource can help dental assistants find each state’s requirements to perform dental assisting duties including radiography procedures and expanded functions. Each state page lists the exam, education and training requirements by job title. Dental assistants can also download and print a chart with these requirements, plus the allowable and prohibited duties.

“The ‘meet state requirements’ section of DANB’s website has a wealth of information about the dental assisting requirements for each state, plus contact information for the state dental boards,” said DANB Executive Director Cindy Durley, M.Ed., MBA. “This resource can be especially useful when a dental assistant is looking to move to or work in a different state.”

Although each state has its own requirements, DANB exams and certifications are recognized or required by 38 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Information about state recognition of DANB exams and certifications — as well as about state-specific exams administered by DANB — is available alongside the other state requirements, so dental assistants can get all the information at-a-glance.

New tool helps locate full dental practice acts
DANB has also collaborated with the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) to introduce a new state dental practice act database.

This new search-by-state database makes it easy to locate the full dental practice act for each state, as well as the dental boards’ administrative rules and regulations.

“Currently, dental practice acts, rules and regulations can be difficult to find, with states differing in the location and accessibility of documents,” Durley explains. “This is the first resource of its kind, bringing together links to all these materials in one convenient place.”

“Our members often reference other state’s practice acts, rules and regulations in the course of their work,” notes AADB Executive Director James Tarrant. “We are excited for this collaboration to bring a new and valuable resource to our membership.”

To access the database or to learn more, visit DANB's website or AADB's website.

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