Dental team

Providing dental care for the community or in an acute setting is a team responsibility.

Each member of the dental team has an important role to play in promoting and maintaining dental health. As well as looking after the nation's teeth, gums and mouths, the dental team contributes to the wider care of patients.

Through the skills of everyone in the team, and with advances in dentistry, there has been a cut in the number of fillings needed and more of us are looking after our teeth better. What’s more, the skills of the dental team, coupled with advances in dentistry, mean that a visit to the dentist is seen as a positive way to support health and wellbeing.

There are still high levels of gum disease to cope with and other diseases of the mouth, such as oral cancers, are increasing. Most dental diseases are preventable and it is important that all members of the dental team are skilled and qualified.

As well as dentists, the dental team includes the following dental care professionals:

Whatever role you choose, you'll be making a big contribution to looking after the nation's teeth, gums and mouths. 

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