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Trainee Dental Nurse 

An excellent opportunity for the right candidate to further your professional development within our dental team.

A Dental Nurse supports Dentists in all aspects of the dental care of patients. Their primary duties include educating patients in the care of teeth, providing treatments to prevent oral problems and offering dietary advice for oral hygiene. Dental Nurse duties and responsibilities The role of a Dental Nurse covers both health and clinical promotion responsibilities. Their main duties and responsibilities include:

  • Providing oral health education to patients
  • Using a variety of dental instruments to scale, polish and clean teeth
  • Removing plaque and applying treatments to remove or reduce decay
  • Ensuring that dental tools and instruments are sterilised appropriately
  • Taking radiographs and impressions of teeth and giving local anaesthetic under the Dentist’s supervision
  • Applying temporary sealants and coatings to protect teeth
  • Collecting dental and medical histories and maintaining health records of patients
  • Working to a professional code of ethics and keeping up to date with recent developments within the industry

What does a Dental Nurse do?

Dental Nurses provide preventive oral care under the supervision of a Dentist. They clean a patient’s teeth and examine their mouths for signs of gingivitis, damage and other diseases. Dental Nurses also teach patients how to maintain good oral health. Dental Nurses work in a range of settings, such as hospitals, general dental practices, within the community or independently. Their patients can range from infants to the elderly with various dental care needs.

Dental Nurse skills and qualifications

A successful Dental Nurse candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications that typically include:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Effective motivation and listening skills
  • Interest in helping people
  • Steady hands and good eyesight for performing precise dental work
  • Confidence in handling various types of dental equipment
  • The ability to work well independently, as well as in a team
  • Compassion and empathy while interacting with patients
  • The ability to maintain concentration for long periods of time

Dental Nurse experience requirements

Prospective Dental Nurses must also have a strong background in dentistry. They must be familiar with various types of dental equipment, the principles of good oral hygiene, dental terminology, safety standards, procedures in dental practice and buccal anatomy.

Dental Nurse education and training requirements 

To be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC), candidates must complete one of the following qualifications: a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene, oral health science and dental therapy, a two-year foundation degree in oral health science or a two-year undergraduate diploma in dental hygiene. 

To qualify for a diploma or degree course, candidates must have three A-levels, one of which must be in biology, as well as GCSEs in English and maths. 

Candidates must also pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before they get admitted to a training programme in Wales and England (or equivalent check for Northern Ireland and Scotland).

Available shifts

  • 10 hour shift
  • 12 hour shift
  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Saturday
  • Weekend availability

Ability to commute/relocate:

Coventry: Reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)


Experience preferred, but not essential as training will be provided.


To be discussed 

Apply for a career at our practice

If you are looking to become a Dental Nurse based in Coventry and would like to join our dedicated professional team at Longfellow Road Dental, we would love to hear from you.

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