Royal Navy Dental Branch: Find out more about what you could be achieving as a Dental Officer, Dental Hygienist or Dental Nurse

Royal Navy dental teams consist of Dental Officers, Dental Hygienists and Dental Nurses. As a team, they are responsible for maintaining the primary dental healthcare of all our serving personnel.

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This might be at one of our shoreside dental centres in any Naval Base or overseas on operations. Royal Navy dental teams consist of Dental Officers, Dental Hygienists and Dental Nurses. As a team, they are responsible for maintaining the primary dental healthcare of all our serving personnel. This might be at one of our shoreside dental centres in any Naval Base or overseas on operations. Together, you’ll make a vital contribution to the wellbeing of the people who protect our nation’s interests, every day. And you’ll do it all over the world, from the shore bases in the UK, to warships in the Caribbean.

You’ll work on large warships, including our state-of-the-art Queen Elizabeth class Aircraft Carriers, where you’ll have a fully-fitted dental surgery and access to the sick bay’s operating theatre and ward facilities. On smaller ships, you’ll manage the portable dental unit that travels with you.

Even the smallest dental problem can have a serious effect on the morale of a crew member and the effectiveness of the wider ship’s company. You’ll work with your team to complete preventative dentistry and deal with a full range of clinical problems, in some of the most challenging conditions imaginable.

Outside your practice, you’ll have a vital operational role to play. You could find yourself in a combat or disaster zone, where you’ll need to put flight-deck control, firefighting and advanced life support training to use.

Dental Officer


Join at a rank that reflects your experience and take the opportunity to complete specialist training in areas such as periodontics or endodontics. You’ll also develop your management and leadership skills through our world-class courses and mentoring schemes.

Cadetships are available for your final three years at a UK dental school (not including your intercalation year). This includes your Dental School tuition fees being paid for (for the final three years of study) in addition to a salary. To join directly you’ll need a dentistry degree and full General Dental Council registration

Skills you'll develop

How to be a leader and apply your knowledge in challenging conditions

Opportunities to specialise in major disciplines

“I thought qualifying as a Dentist was the hardest thing I’d ever do, but I was wrong. Since I joined the Royal Navy I’ve been challenged more than I imagined possible – it’s been really rewarding.”

Karl, Dental Nurse, Royal Navy Dental Branch

Dental Hygienist

You’ll work as part of the dental team, under the guidance of the Senior Dental Officer. Your role will be to deliver effective military oral health care and advice to personnel from the Surface Fleet, Submarines, Fleet Air Arm and Royal Marines to ensure that they remain operationally deployable.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing dental hygiene care within your scope of practice.
  • Helping patients maintain their oral health by preventing and treating periodontal disease.
  • Educating patients and promoting good oral health practices.
  • Providing preventative care and advice to patients.
  • Organising and participating in unit health fairs and national oral health campaigns.
  • Delivering oral health presentations to new entry recruits and officer cadets (in training establishments)

You can apply to join whilst still studying, but you will need to be qualified and registered with the General Dental Council before you start basic training.

If already qualified, you must be registered with the General Dental Council and provide evidence of Continuing Professional Development.

“Pursuing a career as a Dental Hygienist in the Royal Navy continually provides me with opportunities to develop personally and professionally. It also enables me to practice my dental hygiene skills ashore and afloat, in a variety of locations around the world. Whilst deployed on HMS DARING, I had the opportunity to be part of Operation Patwin, which was the military component of the UK’s humanitarian aid mission to the Philippines after the ravages of Typhoon Haiyan”.


Heather, Dental Hygienist, Royal Navy Dental Branch

Dental Nurse

You can join as a qualified dental nurse or undergo training in the Royal Navy.

All recruits complete the 10-week Phase 1 training at HMS Raleigh.

Qualified Dental Nurses will move onto their first assignments, while students will move into Phase 2 Dental Nurse Training at the Defence College of Healthcare Education and Training located at Defence Medical Services Whittington (DMS(W)) based in Lichfield.

Phase 2 (in-service) Dental Nurse Training is 15 weeks long and encompasses a four-week Clinical Acquaint Module within an RN Dental Centre before embarking on the Dental Nurse Training Pathway.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing dental hygiene care within your scope of practice.
  • Helping patients maintain their oral health by preventing and treating periodontal disease.
  • Educating patients and promoting good oral health practices.
  • Providing preventative care and advice to patients
  • Organising and participating in unit health fairs and national oral health campaigns.
  • Delivering oral health presentations to new entry recruits and officer cadets (in training establishments)
  • I’ve been a Dental Nurse for a while, but I’d never experienced the level of professionalism – and adventure – that I get in the Royal Navy.
  • I’ve been a Dental Nurse for a while, but I’d never experienced the level of professionalism – and adventure – that I get in the Royal Navy.
  • I’ve been a Dental Nurse for a while, but I’d never experienced the level of professionalism – and adventure – that I get in the Royal Navy.

“I’ve been a dental nurse for a while, but I’d never experienced the level of professionalism and adventure I get in the Royal Navy!”

Rebecca, Dental Nurse, Royal Navy Dental Branch

What we are looking for?

An ambitious, passionate dental professional

A confident leader


Always calm under pressure

Have a spirit of adventure

Think this could be for you? Then contact our Specialist Medical Recruitment Team on [email protected] or 02392723475

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Posted on 13.02.20