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Age Is Just A Number – Older Women Can Have A Dental Nursing Career

Age Is Just A Number


How old is too old to start a new career? Maybe you’re unhappy at work but feel that you’re too old and lack the skills needed to start over. Well regardless of what you might think, there’s really no reason why there should be a cut-off date for chasing your dream job. Life experience is not something to be dismissed, but instead to be valued.


So the question is, if your work no longer challenges you or you long for a change of career, is it too late to start again and train as a dental nurse? Well the answer is quite simply, no.  


Dental nursing is a rewarding career for people of all ages and is the perfect choice for those who have a keen interest in healthcare.


If you're a person who is


tick.png Well organised

tick.png Great at communicating with people

tick.png Calm with a reassuring manner

tick.png A good team player


then dental nursing might just be the career you’ve been looking for.


What advantages are there for mature dental nurses?


As an older dental nurse, you’ll likely find that you actually have some great advantages over your younger colleagues. For instance you’ll have more life experience and wisdom to draw from when it comes to high pressured situations.


Other benefits include:


tick.png Job security - dental nurses are always high in demand, so there’s no need to worry about completing your training and not being able to use it.

tick.png It's an age-tolerant training culture which means people of all ethnicity and age train as dental nurses.


Another great advantage of choosing a career in dental nursing later in life is that it only requires a relatively short period of training when compared to other healthcare occupations, such as general nursing. This means you can be qualified in as little as 12-18 months with our advanced courses. It also means you have the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ which is a great benefit for mature students. This is because training is mostly carried out on the job, through an apprenticeship.

From an employer’s perspective:


tick.png Dentists know that older nurses benefit their practice because patients view them as being experienced and in addition, patients tend to trust them more.

tick.png Older dental nurses are less likely to switch jobs, so dentists may regard them as more reliable and loyal than younger nurses.

tick.png Mature nurses are generally much more settled in life meaning your employer will often consider you as having a better work ethic than younger apprentices.


Also, your future employer will probably be impressed that you’ve had the courage to change your career and have taken positive steps towards a new one. In fact motivated staff are invaluable, so your ambition and determination will likely help you stand out from your younger competition. Remember to be positive. At your interview, focus on what you have to offer their dental practice, rather than dwelling on your age.


So what’s the best age to train as a dental nurse and start your dream career? How about the age that you are now! Remember it's never too late to do something you really want to do.


If you’re interested in becoming a dental nurse, you’ll need to study in order to gain a recognised qualification. To find out more about our flexible NEBDN courses, call our team on 020 3875 0569 or email us at, and start the ball rolling towards a rewarding career today.


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