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Dental assisting resources available online

The Dental Assisting National Board is offering two publications featuring resources, requirements and information on a state-by-state basis.

DANB's "2010 State Career Ladder Templates for Dental Assistants" and the "2010 State Fact Booklet" are handy resources for dental assistants, educators, state legislators, oral health care organizations and state dental boards.

"They provide a lot of statistical information for each one of the particular states, which is always helpful when analyzing workforce issues," said Dr. Douglas Torbush, member of the Council on Dental Practice and chair of the Georgia Dental Association’s Workforce Task Force.

The board's "2010 State Career Ladder Templates for Dental Assistants" features charts with information on each state's rules and regulations for dental assistants. Each state chart highlights job designations; education, exam and training requirements; allowable functions; nondelegable functions and levels of supervision required in each state. The information is useful to dental assistants interested in relocating, educators answering questions about state regulations, and legislators or state dental boards comparing the regulations.

The "2010 State Fact Booklet" provides a synopsis of current state requirements and excerpts from state dental practice acts related specifically to the dental assistant. It also includes contact information for the State Board of Dentistry, DANB exams accepted and required in each state, the number of assistants holding DANB certification, comparative salary information, general information on expanded functions and radiography requirements, and a list of Commission on Dental Accreditation-accredited dental assisting programs.

Information on both publications is posted on DANB's website at www.danb.org/main/statespecificinfo.asp. Order forms are available for download at www.danb.org/pdfs/stateorderform.pdf; phone, 1-800-FOR-DANB.