The Dental Assistant Workforce in the United States, 2015

Authors: Bridget Baker, MA, ABD | Margaret Langelier, MSHSA | Jean Moore DrPH, MSN, FAAN | Stuart Daman, PhD

Topics: Oral Health, Scope of Practice (SOP)

Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research Center

October 1, 2015

Dental assistants (DAs) are important members of the oral health workforce team and perform a variety of clinical and administrative tasks. However, requirements for entry into the workforce, allowable tasks, and supervision vary by state.

This report examines the dental assistant workforce to better understand roles, functions, and contributions to improving population oral health.

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