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Dental Nurses

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


Median Salary

New workers start around £17,415. Normal pay is £21,303 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £30,252.

Daily Tasks

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

Skills employers are asking for

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Writing
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Science
  • Mathematics

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