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Particulars of normal

Typical Job titles:

Oral Well being Practitioner , Neighborhood Oral Well being Educator, Oral Well being Champion, Oral Well being Ambassador, Oral Well being Enchancment Lead

Position Profile:

Oral Well being Practitioners have a excessive diploma of autonomy and have duty for working instantly with sufferers performing a variety of oral well being preventive process which contain working in a affected person’s mouth. The Oral Well being Practitioner position enhances the position of different dental professionals and suits within the dental profession construction the next stage than a dental nurse however under a dental hygienist, hygienist / therapist or dentist. Working to the path of a dentist you’ll take dental bacterial plaque indices and particles scores, apply fluoride varnish, take medical pictures, take impressions and perform tooth brushing within the affected person’s mouth. You’ll put together and preserve the medical setting, perform an infection management and prevention procedures, and put together, combine and deal with bio-materials.  Typically working alone in the neighborhood, you’ll ship oral well being prevention with sufferers, ship oral well being training and promotion to the general public together with medical preventative recommendation interventions to focused teams corresponding to care givers for older folks or ante-natal teams. You’ll present built-in normal, oral well being recommendation and preventative remedies in step with remedy plans to the group your follow serves.  You’ll work with early years teams, main and secondary faculties, in care houses, in ‘care at dwelling’ conditions, within the youngster and adolescent psychological well being enviornment, in hospitals, usually dental follow or different healthcare and group settings to offer providers.  This contains temporary interventions corresponding to focused oral well being recommendation to fulfill the wants of the person. You’ll perform normal well being screening actions, alongside oral well being ones, to measure the holistic well being of the person you might be working with eg checking for diabetes, blood assessments or taking blood strain. To change into an Oral Well being Practitioner, you have to already be a dental nurse or different acceptable dental care skilled registered with the Common Dental Council eg an orthodontic therapist. You’ll work autonomously, together with in folks’s mouths, performing inside your scope of follow and underneath referral of a registered clinician eg Dentist, Dental Hygienist or Dental Therapist while enterprise dental actions.

Day after day duties:

  • work with folks of all ages and cognitive talents
  • plan group based mostly schedules and prepare classes with stakeholders
  • put together the medical gear and data for every session
  • put together and preserve a medical setting, an infection management and prevention and put together, combine and deal with bio-materials on website –ie in the neighborhood setting
  • examine folks’s mouths to take dental bacterial plaque indices and meals particles scores
  • use the dentist’s prescription to use topical fluoride within the mouth
  • take medical pictures
  • train folks methods to carryout private care duties eg help somebody to brush their enamel or hold their mouth clear and recent
  • perform normal well being screening actions eg finger-prick blood assessments to examine for diabetes or take blood strain
  • provide data, recommendation and steering to folks about their oral well being and methods to clear and preserve their enamel, gums and mouth.
  • give motivational classes to help behaviour change and inspire folks eg to surrender tobacco or enhance their weight loss program to help their oral well being and t their general well being and wellbeing
  • refer folks to a dentist or different dental well being practitioner as required
  • signpost folks to different well being professionals


To change into an Oral Well being Practitioner, you have to already be a dental nurse or different acceptable registered dental care skilled with the Common Dental Council. 


Apprentices with out stage 2 English and maths might want to obtain this stage previous to finishing the end-point evaluation.  For these with an training, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion the apprenticeships English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Stage 3 and British Signal Language qualification are an alternative choice to English {qualifications} for whom that is their main language.  


As an Oral Well being Practitioner, you might progress later in your profession to a Dental Therapist or Dental Hygienist


You may be reliable, caring, sincere, accountable, empathetic and dedicated


You’ll deal with folks with dignity and respect. You’ll work as a part of a staff, having the braveness to problem areas of concern and dealing to proof based mostly finest follow. You may be dependable and constant, taking duty for the integrity of your personal actions and accomplished work.

Stage: 4

Length: Usually 14 -18 months

Evaluate date: After 3 years

  It is possible for you to to: You’ll know and perceive
Care of the Particular person

  • Put affected person’s pursuits first, sustaining a caring strategy in direction of them
  • Deal with folks with dignity, respecting their decisions, gaining legitimate consent for all remedies and respecting confidentiality
  • Work autonomously in folks’s mouths to take dental bacterial plaque indices and meals particles scores
  • Use a variety of non-public oral care instruments

  • methods to apply the laws, insurance policies and native methods of working associated to your position What individual centred care, legitimate consent, obligation of care, safeguarding, range, equality and inclusion imply and why they’re essential
  • Related dental oral and craniofacial anatomy and physiology and their utility to affected person administration

Medical Follow

  • Autonomously plan follow classes in the neighborhood
  • Put together the medical gear and data for every session
  • Put together and preserve a medical setting, adhering to an infection management and prevention 
  • Put together, combine and deal with bio-materials
  • take dental bacterial plaque indices and meals particles scores within the mouth of people
  • Choose preventative methods which can be acceptable to the person and adapt appropriately for people with particular necessities
  • Undertake normal well being screening together with checking for diabetes, taking blood strain readings and taking finger-prick blood for blood assessments
  • Refer people to different providers if essential
  • Apply topical fluoride underneath prescription within the
  • perform intra and additional oral images
  • Recognise and handle medical emergencies

  • The vary of regular human constructions and features, with explicit reference to dental caries, oral drugs, periodontal illness and dental remedy and the way this pertains to working within the mouth
  • A spread of preventative oral and normal well being procedures utilized in your position. Learn how to choose strategies in response to the person’s want.
  • Learn how to adapt your strategies and resolve issues to go well with people with particular necessities, inside your space of competence
  • Learn how to preserve a medical setting. Learn how to management and forestall an infection. The x-rays, pictures and data you might be required to take and hold
  • A spread of normal well being screening actions associated to your position and the inhabitants you’re employed with eg recognising an abnormality and referring appropriately
  • Regular parameters related to blood strain and blood sugar ranges. Learn how to perform physiological measurements and what steps to take if outcomes are outdoors the norm
  • How, why and when to take and course of finger-prick blood samples.
  • Which different providers can be found in your space, what they supply and the way folks can entry them
  • Laws on prescription-only medicines
  • The kinds of medical emergency that will come up and methods to deal with them.

Neighborhood based mostly oral well being

  • Plan medical preventative session
  • Ship temporary medical preventative recommendation interventions to focused teams
  • Encourage self-care and motivation
  • Present oral and normal systemic recommendation e.g. tobacco cessation or weight loss program recommendation
  • Put together, ship and consider oral well being messages to teams or people
  • Help people and teams to vary their behaviour
  • Present motivational interviews
  • Decide and implement methods for enhancing oral well being in the neighborhood.

  • Common well being techniques and have the ability to assessment their relationship to oral well being utilizing top quality proof corresponding to analysis paperwork
  • methods to define the essential ideas of inhabitants well being, together with demographic, social, UK and worldwide oral well being traits; a variety of widespread danger elements
  • Determinants of well being inequalities and the way they’re measured
  • Tips for finest follow together with nationwide and native well being initiatives

  • The wants of various affected person teams you’re employed with throughout the age vary together with those that are nervous, have studying disabilities, have psychological well being situations or phobias, require palliative care or have cognitive impairment corresponding to dementia
  • How weight loss program, diet and hydration hyperlink with systemic and oral well being together with weight problems
  • Methods to encourage self-care and motivation
  • Behaviour change and the theories that underpin fashions of studying in people and teams to vary behaviour
  • Theories and ideas of motivational interviewing; other ways to help behaviour change in response to whether or not you might be working with a person (e.g. in dental surgical procedure) or with carers (in faculties, houses or care houses) or on a bunch foundation


  • Talk successfully with and about sufferers, their representatives and the dental staff, and with carers, different healthcare staff or schoolteachers
  • Escalate any points when they’re outdoors your scope of follow.
  • Deal with complaints successfully and inside GDC pointers.

  • A spread of strategies of speaking with people throughout the age vary.
  • Learn how to examine you’ve gotten been understood.
  • Boundaries to communication and a variety of the way to beat them.
  • When to refer or escalate if one thing is outdoors of your scope of follow
  • GDC Tips for dealing with complaints

Skilled Growth

  • Handle your personal time, assets and private behaviour.
  • Be proactive in your personal improvement, keen to decide to lifelong studying by use of a Private Growth Plan (PDP), private reflection and steady enchancment.

  • The ideas referring to evidence-based approaches to studying, medical {and professional} follow and choice making; together with utilizing a variety of sources of proof.
  • The results of your actions, angle and behavior
  • Learn how to assess and replicate upon your personal capabilities and limitations

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