How to Become a Dental Nurse

If you’re considering the career move of becoming a Dental Nurse, then there are a few skills and qualifications you must acquire along the way.

Qualifications to be a Dental Nurse

To become a qualified dental nurse, applicants are required to complete a dental nursing course, approved by the General Dental Council (GDC). This can be full time or part-time.

However, if you’re wanting to learn on the job, dental practices may also seek trainee dental nurses or assistants.

To progress or develop within the role, dental nurses also study in specialist areas such as radiography, oral health education, and fluoride application. These can be completed online, with some accredited by the NEBDN, depending on your previous experience and qualifications.


What is the role of a Dental Nurse?

Dental nurses work alongside dentists to assist them with the care of a patient. Whether that is to complete a check-up or see patients through an operation, the dental nurse is relied upon to be the dentist’s assistant.

Dental nurses can work in general practice, hospitals, and even the armed forces.

Some of the duties that a dental nurse will need to carry out include:

  • Sterilising and arranging equipment for the surgery beforehand.
  • Ensuring the dentist has everything they need during an appointment.
  • Caring for patients.
  • Recording the information on each case – even the dentist’s notes.
  • Using dental tools to support the dentist – this includes but isn’t limited to removing saliva from a patient’s mouth whilst the dentist is at work.

The typical character of a Dental Nurse

An extremely important aspect of dental nursing is your character. As with many healthcare roles, you will be working up close with patients and offering support throughout. A dental nurse can be exposed to a wide variety of patients and conditions, and therefore, it’s the duty of a dental nurse to remain caring and professional at all times.

In addition to this, the following attributes are also important for dental nurses:

  • Calm, friendly and reassuring for patients.
  • Great verbal communication with people of any age.
  • Extremely organised.
  • Interested in oral health.
  • Committed to ongoing study and personal development.


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Enhanced CPD

As many healthcare professionals will know, ongoing CPD is a requirement of the role.  The General Dental Council, GDC, state dental nurses are required to complete 50 hours of enhanced CPD throughout a five-year cycle. This should include at least 10 hours every two years, to maintain regularity. Read more about the GDC requirements.

At Dental Training Ltd, we offer an annual CPD membership with GDC recommended courses. In order to maintain their place on the register, dental nurses are required to plan, carry out and record all CPD training.

Our range of dental courses

We provide training courses to benefit individuals and teams. You will be able to choose from:

  • Online learning – medical emergencies, cross infection control, manual handling and more.
  • Classroom teaching – immediate life support, emergency first aid in the workplace, forensic dentistry and more.
  • In-house dental training – basic life support, ionising radiation, fire safety and more.

Each method of teaching provides you with an array of learning opportunities. So many courses are available to choose from, therefore, you will have the chance to learn both theoretical and practical dental knowledge.

You can complete our courses either from the comfort of your own home, by coming to join us at our HQ in Berkshire, or on the job in your own dental practice!

Becoming a Dental Nurse

If you’re looking to train as a dental nurse, our team can offer advice on the best learning options for you. Alternatively, if you’re a qualified dental professional looking to complete your CPD or up-skill with specialist training, we have a wide range of dental training courses available.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Tel: 0118 9261533


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