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It’s Dental Assistant Week: How Will You Show Your Support?

Published: February 26, 2020

There’s a special holiday coming up in March – how will you celebrate? No, we’re not talking about St. Patrick’s Day or Easter. It’s not Spring Break, either. It’s Dental Assistants Recognition Week, which runs from March 1 to March 7 this year.

Dental Assistants Recognition Week, also known as DARW, celebrates the hard work, dedication, and professionalism that dental assistants bring to the field. This international holiday was designated by the American Dental Assistants Association and is celebrated annually during the first full week in March in the U.S. and Canada.

What Is This Year’s Theme for Dental Assistant Week?

The theme for 2020 is “Looking Toward the Future,” which highlights dentistry’s growing importance in the field of health care, as well as the continued responsibilities shouldered by dental assistants. Students and faculty of dental assisting schools, dental associations, dental assisting associations, dental care businesses, and even non-dental professionals are welcome to participate in the week-long holiday.

How Can You Celebrate Dental Assistant Week?

So how can you celebrate DARW? Whether you’re in the field and want to celebrate your fellow dental assistants, or you know someone who works as a dental assistant and deserves to be recognized, here are a few ways to participate:

  • Give a Small Gift — You can always give a token of appreciation, like a homemade gift, a cup of coffee, balloons, a card, or a handwritten note expressing your appreciation.
  • Host an Event — If you work in the field, consider hosting an open house or partner with a local school to teach children about the importance of dental care and what a dental assistant does. Or, host an internal event, like a potluck or a fun awards show, to celebrate the work that you and your colleagues do.
  • Post to Social Media — Give a shout-out to your favorite dental assistant on the social media platform of your choice. If you work in the industry, post fun facts and tips about dental care as well as pictures that show just what dental assistants do day-to-day. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #DARW2020!
  • Decorate the Office — Let patients know you’re celebrating DARW by downloading and printing the logo and banner to hang around the office. Hang some balloons and garland to make the office look and feel festive. You can also submit photos with a brief description of how you celebrated to the ADAA. Pictures from events across the country will be included in future issues of The Dental Assistant journal.


If you’re not a Dental Assistant, but want to explore this rewarding career, check out the Certificate in Dental Assisting program from Charter College. Under guidance from our experienced faculty, you’ll receive lab and clinical instruction in chair-assisting procedures, learn about infection control and treatment procedures, and you’ll complete an externship at a local dentist office or clinic. Someday, patients may celebrate the work that you do for DARW. Call 888-200-9942 or fill out the form to learn more.