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Dental nurses

£12,480 Average salary at age 20
£20,800 Average Salary
32 Average hours per week


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.

What Dental nurses studied in higher education

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What Dental nurses studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(W2) Design studies2
(W7) Crafts2
(L3) Sociology2
(A9) Others in medicine & dentistry15
(B3) Complementary medicines, therapies & well-being2
(C1) Biology9
(C8) Psychology6
(W1) Fine art3
(A4) Clinical dentistry3
(D4) Agriculture4
(W6) Cinematics & photography2
(Q3) English studies1
(J5) Materials technology not otherwise specified2
(B7) Nursing22
(W4) Drama1
(M2) Law by topic1
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport3
(B8) Medical technology2
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine3
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology2
(N1) Business studies2
(X3) Academic studies in education2
(L5) Social work2
(X1) Training teachers1
(C6) Sport & exercise science2
(P3) Media studies1
(V1) History by period1
(L6) Anthropology2

UK Prospects

49300 Workforce Size
9.65% Predicted growth 2022 - 2027
13001 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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