Dentists and dental office managers are always looking for ways to bring value to the dental practice. One way employers can boost office productivity is to ensure dental team members are working to the best of their ability.


The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) recently conducted its dental assistant salary survey. The results show that when dental assistants hold DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, the entire dental practice benefits.


1. Loyalty

Dental assistants who hold DANB’s CDA certification have been with the same employer for more than 8 years on average. This loyalty translates into reduced turnover. This means cost savings for you and a more consistent experience for your patients.


2. Commitment

Certification often goes hand-in-hand with professional commitment. Dental assistants who hold CDA certification have been in the field for more than 18 years. Additionally, 95% view dental assisting as a career (vs. 88% of dental assistants who are not certified). When dental assistants are dedicated, the whole practice thrives.


3. Productivity

DANB CDA certificants are more likely to perform key duties around the dental office than non-certified certificants. For example, CDA certificants are more likely to perform infection control duties (81%) and expanded functions (58%) compared to those who are not certified (74% and 44%, respectively). So, it seems likely that dental assistants who hold CDA certification bring more productivity to the office.


4. Quality

Dental assistants who hold DANB certification report higher job satisfaction (89%) vs. those who are not certified (78%). This means they take their job seriously and bring that commitment to quality to your office. Ultimately, this improves your bottom line.


What Dentists Are Saying

Many dentists have sung the praises of their Certified Dental Assistant certificants, noting their dedication and hard work.


“Rebecca is an extremely motivated individual. She has great attention to detail, the ability to organize and a talent for teaching other assistants.” — Dr. Andrew C.


“Elizabeth has all the qualities one looks for in a dental assistant. She is passionate, knowledgeable and does everything she can for our patients to make them comfortable.” — Dr. Joseph G.


Visit DANB’s website to learn more about CDA certification.


To download the full survey, visit


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