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Dental workforce

If you like the idea of working with people, doing a job that’s respected, and which offers flexibility and security, a career with the dental team could be right for you.

The dental team includes dentists but also the dental care professionals – dental nurses,hygieniststechnicians and therapists. 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.

The entry requirements and training will vary, depending on the role you chose. Similarly, pay for dentists will differ from the pay for dental care professionals.

There’s a range of different employment options for members of the dental team. People working in general practice will be employed by – or be partners in – a dental practice; some may be self-employed, dividing their time between different practices and other settings for providing care. Dental technicians work for commercial laboratories or in NHS hospital laboratories. Staff working in dental hospitals will usually be employed directly by an NHS employer.

To find out more about working in dentistry click here.

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