Over the past few months, COVID-19 has drastically impacted how dental assistants work and study nationwide.

With widespread temporary dental office closures — amid stay-at-home orders and social-distancing recommendations from government and health officials — came reduced workloads, layoffs and furloughs for so many, including dental assistants. Only now are most dental professionals beginning to return to work.

Likewise, dental assisting educators and students have been significantly affected by COVID-19 — with most dental assisting educational programs transitioning to online learning for the foreseeable future.

At DANB and the DALE Foundation, we recognize the many challenges that dental assistants, educators and other dental professionals have endured.

During this time, we have been especially proud of the DANB certificants who have made efforts to maintain DANB certification and pursue continuing dental education, despite the hardships you may have faced. Your commitment to ongoing learning — especially in the critical area of dental infection prevention and control — to ensure delivery of the greatest patient care is commendable now more than ever.

Please know that we at DANB and the DALE Foundation remain steadfast in our efforts to continue supporting your career during this time. We appreciate you, and we support you.


Cynthia C. Durley, M.Ed., MBA
Executive Director, DANB and the DALE Foundation

Learn more

To learn more about DANB exams and certifications, as well as the benefits of holding DANB certification, visit DANB’s website.

To access online learning materials, visit the DALE Foundation’s product catalog.

To learn more about dental infection control education and certification opportunities, visit dentalinfectioncontrol.org.