Dental support worker

Dental support workers are part of the dental health team. See how they help to treat patients and give advice on looking after teeth. Find out how you could become a dental support worker.

This page has information on the role of dental support workers, including entry requirements and skills needed. 

Working life

Dental support workers are clinical support workers who work as part of the dental team. In this role, you'll work under the supervision of a dentist or a dental nurse to treat patients and give advice.

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Working as a dental support worker, you'll: 

Where will I work?

You'll work in clinics which could be based in the community or in a hospital. You may also visit patients in their homes or in residential or care homes if patients cannot travel.

Some dental support workers may also be known as dental health support workers. They give advice on looking after teeth including

You may visit schools, nurseries and other community settings to show people how to look after their teeth. You may also visit families at home.

Who will I work with?

As well as working with dentists and dental nurses, you may also work with dental hygienists and dental therapists. You will have a lot of contact with patients.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for dental support workers. Employers usually expect good literacy, numeracy and IT skills. They may ask for GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. 

Employers often ask for relevant work experience. Even where this is not specified, it would be an advantage if you have worked in health or social care, either in paid employment or voluntary work. There are sometimes apprenticeships in dental support roles.

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Personal characteristics and skills needed

Dental support workers need to:

You'll also need

Training and development

You will receive the training you need to work as a dental support worker. This includes:

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