Where the World Gathers to Celebrate Every Day

Dental Assistant Recognition Week - First Full Week in March


Dental Assistant Recognition Week (also known as DARW) is held the first full week in March every year since 1977. Dental assistants are a key part of the dental practice year-round, but they get a special week dedicated to them.

A century ago when dentists first started using assistants, they were called “ladies in attendance.”

There are more than 300,000 Dental Assistants in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says more than 58,000 new openings for dental assistants are expected through 2024.

  • What do dental assistants do?
  • Take and develop dental X-rays.
  • Complete patient intake process, including asking about medical history and taking blood pressure and pulse.
  • Sterilize instruments and equipment and standardizing infection prevention through a developed protocol.
  • Make patients comfortable before, during and after dental treatments and surgery.
  • Instruct patients in oral care following treatment and surgery.
  • Take impressions of patients teeth.
  • Apply topical anesthetic to gums.
  • Serve as office manager.


Post and follow on social media with the hashtags #DARW and #DentalAssistantRecognitionWeek.


American Dental Assistants Association founded Dental Assistant Recognition Week in 1977. Visit the ada.org website to learn more. 

The American Dental Assistants Association was formed in 1923.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day® with National Day Calendar®!