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Dental nurses


Dental nurses prepare patients for, and assist with, dental examinations, prepare and sterilise instruments and maintain case records.

Main Tasks

  • Prepares patient for examination;
  • Prepares and sterilises instruments and follows guidelines to maintain sterile conditions within the surgery;
  • Hands required equipment and medication to dentist during examination;
  • Assists with minor treatment, such as preparing materials for fillings;
  • Removes water and saliva from patient’s mouth during treatment;
  • Maintains records, processes and mounts x?ray films and undertakes reception duties.


Entry is most common with GCSEs/S grades. Training is available both off- and on-the-job. Most entrants work towards the National Certificate for Dental Nurses.

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