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The difference between a dental nurse and a dental hygenist?

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YunoYurbubson Tue 24-Aug-10 18:52:16

Can anybody tell me the differences between these two jobs?

How does the training differ? Which qualifications does each role require?

What is the approximate difference in salary?

How do the jobs themselves differ?

Many thanks if anyone can let me know.

topsi Tue 24-Aug-10 18:57:34

Hygenist is a three year course and after qualifying you can work independently and earn a bomb but I think the course is pretty hard work.
I dental nurse as far as I know you can train while working (I think) At the end I think you are an assistant to a dentist and earn pennies.

snowmash Tue 24-Aug-10 20:00:13

dental nurse

dental hygienist

herbietea Tue 24-Aug-10 20:11:19

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YunoYurbubson Thu 26-Aug-10 11:39:56

Thanks all. That is interesting and helpful. Much appreciated.

scarletheart Tue 10-Jan-17 12:24:51

here's the job description of dental nurse:

www.harrietellis.com/how-to-become-a-dental-nurse/

a hygienist requires more experience, a nurse is pretty much an assistance to an hygienist in normal circumstances.

BobbyNoggle Wed 11-Jan-17 22:29:09

The overwhelming majority of dental hygienists (& dental therapists) in the UK have first been a registered dental nurse.

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