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Is a career in dental nursing right for me? 37 reasons it is.

5th May 2023

Being a dental nurse is like no other job. You can get excited about the weirdest things and have some unique experiences. Take a look at our 37 reasons to know if a career in dental nursing is right for you.

37 reasons you'll know a career in dental nursing is right for you!

If you are considering a career in dental nursing but don't know where to start, locum dental nursing is a great place to start. Our Locums helped us put together this list of 37 reasons you know you're a dental nurse.


  1. You clean your kitchen at home to a clinical level. Not only is your sink sparkling but you also have 'contaminated' and 'non contaminated' areas too!
  2. You get irate when your old friend Janet is advertising her new mobile whitening business on Facebook.
  3. You get excited about seeing pus and a huge juicy abbess can be the highlight of your year!
  4. You can smell bad perio from a mile away!
  5. You get weekly messages from friends and family members asking for dental advice.
  6. And when new people find out you're a dental nurse you have to hear about their whole dental history and how much their mate Sue from down the road had to pay for a new crown!
  7. You hate it when 31st July starts to come round.
  8. You won't date anyone until you've seen their teeth first.
  9. There's nothing you find more satisfying than cleaning off a build up of calculus and hearing the chucks rattle down the suction tube.
  10. You can't tell your left from your right.
  11. You can touch anything as long as you have gloves on!
  12. When you get your washing out the machine and a pair of gloves fall out. (and if you're really unlucky, a phosphorus plate...oops!)
  13. You check your partners, children's and even the dogs teeth weekly!
  14. You're horrified when you see babies drinking juice from a bottle.
  15. You have nailed your fake laugh for when patients make the same old jokes. You: 'Any allergies?' Patient: 'No just the Dentist'.
  16. You're used to getting spat on.
  17. The sound of hocking up phlegm gives you the shivers....and clearing it out of the filter is vile.
  18. You feel like a superhero when you've saved a patients tongue from the drill.
  19. You can sneeze silently and without moving your head.
  20. Getting hit on the head with the overhead light is a daily occurrence.
  21. You do a messy surgical just before lunch but it doesn't put you off your food.
  22. You always have few toothpastes at home thanks to the works freebees.
  23. No matter how long you have worked for as a dental there will also be a patient telling you: Are you trying to drown me?
  24. You had your fingers bit by a patient at least once.
  25. You buy all your family members electric toothbrushes and floss.
  26. You have it when 1st July starts to come round.
  27. You can do decon tasks with blind folded.
  28. Running low on alginate is typical.
  29. A Beautifully packed lunch gets wasted by emergency appointment at end of the morning.
  30. Raiding someone else surgery and forget to stock up.
  31. Can read the dentists mind about a diagnosis.
  32. People expectations that you are just a cleaner, but you actually have a gazillion other responsibilities than decon and aspirating.
  33. You look at a person’s teeth before you say hello or kiss them !
  34. Judge parents who have juice in 'babies milk' bottles 🍼
  35. You find a sample sized toothpaste in every handbag you own
  36. You don’t let your children eat sweets
  37. You only get a manicure the night before you go on holiday

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