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Glossary of terms used in Curriculum

Definitions are given in relation to their relevance to the NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing qualification, and the expected areas of coverage by the definitions.

Biochemistry(1.1.4) – as a minimum this should include the chemistry of living organisms and the substances involved in their metabolism. To include the structures and functions of cellular components such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and other bio molecules.

Clinical practice (3.3.3) – that area of dentistry involved with the direct delivery of dental treatment to patients, in the dental chair. Areas of coverage should include the following methods:


  • Letter
  • Electronic


  • Face to face
  • Telephone


Dental biomaterials(1.1.10) – those materials designed for use in the oral cavity during the practice of dentistry, which are biologically compatible.

  • Areas of coverage should include those for use as follows:
  • Cementing fixed orthodontic components
  •  Cementing fixed restorations
  • Impression taking
  • Linings for cavities
  • Pain control
  • Permanent fillings
  •  Sealing root canals
  • Temporary dressings
  • Wound dressings

Functions of major body systems (1.1.5) – the physiology of the major body systems, in relation to their significance to dental treatment. Areas of coverage should include the following systems:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Digestive
  • Nervous
  • Respiratory

Health and Safety legislation (1.4.5) – the legislation and regulations that specifically pertain to the safe running of the dental workplace. Areas of coverage should include all of the following, their successive updates, or relevant international variations:

  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Environmental Protection Act (Waste Regulations)
  • Fire Precaution Regulations
  • First Aid Regulations
  • Health and Safety (Young Persons) Regulations
  • Health and Safety at Work Act
  •  Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IR(ME)R)
  • Ionising Radiation Regulations (IRR)
  • Manual Handling Regulations
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)

Medical conditions (1.3.6) – those physical conditions or medications that make understanding of oral health messages, or acceptable standards of oral health, difficult for the patient to achieve. Areas of coverage should include the following medical conditions and medications:

  • Hearing impairment
  • Medications with detrimental oral side effects
  • Mobility impairment
  • Visual impairment

Patient-centered care and approach(2.1.2 and 4.2.1) – the actions taken to ensure that the dental team behave and work in a manner that ensures the best interests of the patient are maintained at all times. Areas of coverage should include the following principles:

  • Patient consent
  • Patient confidentiality
  • Handling complaints
  • Adhering to GDC Standards guidance
  • Adhering to GDC Scope of Practice

Psychiatric conditions(1.3.6) – those mental, emotional, or behavioural conditions that make attendance for oral care or dental treatment, or the understanding of oral health messages given, problematic for the patient. Areas of coverage should include the following conditions:

  •  Dental anxiety
  • Dental phobia
  • Special educational needs

The term specifically discounts any other psychiatric conditions, as sufferers of those are considered as special needs patients whose dental treatment and oral care is beyond the remit of a basically qualified dental nurse.

Sterilization, decontamination, and disinfection materials (1.1.6) – those materials used during these procedures to obtain asepsis, decontamination, or disinfection. Areas of coverage should include the following materials:

  • Deionised water
  • Solution decontaminants
  • Solution disinfectants
  • Surface disinfectants

Vulnerable groups(2.2.7) – patient groups that may be vulnerable to abuse by others, due to their age or their diminished mental or physical capacity. Areas of coverage should include the following groups:

  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Mentally incapacitated adults
  • Physically incapacitated adults

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Next Course Dates:

  • DN 33 – Friday 21st Aug 2020                   9.00 am to 1.00 pm (Every two weeks)
  • DN 34 – Thursday 17th September           2.00 pm to 6.00 pm (Every two weeks)
  • DN 35 – Thursday 15th October 2020       2.00 pm to 4.00 pm (Weekly)
  • DN 36 – Thursday 26th Nov. 2020             6.00 pm to 8.00 pm (Weekly)
  • DN 37 – Friday 8th January 2021              1.30 pm to 5.30 pm (Every two weeks)
  • DN 38 – Thursday 4th February 2021       11.30 am to 1.30 pm (Weekly)

Live Online Course:

  • DNO2 – Sunday 23rd Aug 2020                 10.00 am to 12 noon (Weekly)
  • DNO3 – Wednesday 23rd September        6.00pm to 8.00pm (Weekly)
  • DNO4 – Thursday 22nd October                5.00pm to 9.00pm (Every two weeks)