National Dental Assistants Recognition WeekContributed by Joy Cornwell, Campus LibrarianThe week of March 6 through 12, 2011, marked the 33rd annual National Dental Assistants Recognition Week. This commemorative week recognizes and acknowledges the contributions and efforts of dental assistants and the vital role they play on the dental healthcare team.Dental Assistant College Students Set Goals"One Team, One Goal: Improving Oral Health" was the theme for this year's recognition week, which was sponsored by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) in alliance with the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA).To inform our students about the importance of getting involved and to show appreciation for all they do. Fort Worth Dental Assistinglead instructor Bill Smith and instructors Rhonda Abbott, Jeremiah Speller, and Cissy Bass commemorated the week by having daytime and evening celebrations in the student break room on March 10, 2011. "Dentists could not do as much as they do without the help of dental assistants, and we appreciate them for it," said Mr. Smith.During the get-togethers, Rhonda Abbott led a discussion about the benefits of joining the ADAA. "Dental assistants are recognized professionals in the dental field. As members of the ADAA, dental assistants can open doors to networking with other professionals and take advantage of valuable opportunities to earn continuing education credits," said Ms. Abbott.Remington College students can receive a discounted membership of only $40 for the entire year when they join the ADAA. Along with their membership, they automatically become members of the Texas Dental Assistants Association (TDAA) and the Fort Worth/Dallas Dental Assistants Association.Whether they are taking digital X-rays, working chairside with the dentist, or contributing to the success of computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) dental systems or the web-based communication platform CEREC® Connect, dental assistants are critical to the success of the dental practice, and their role continues to diversify and expand.