The Certificate of Competence in Oral Health Education and Promotion is suitable for registered dental nurses (including orthodontic nurses) who want to provide oral health education and promotion – in clinic and in community – unsupervised and as part of direct access. The certificate is an alternative to the NEBDN qualification. We recommend completing the NEBDN qualification if you are planning to apply to university to study dental hygiene. The theory is the same for both but the Record of Competence and certificate is different.
The certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of Modules 1-7, two online tests and the Record of Competence (RoC). It enables oral health educators to work unsupervised. This includes direct access oral health sessions with patients.
The aim of completing this Record of Competence (RoC) is to demonstrate your ability to provide oral health education and promotion to a range of patients on a variety of oral health topics, both within the dental practice and in the wider community.
By the time you have completed the RoC, you will:
Be confident in providing appropriate oral health advice to a range of patients, on a range of topics, in a one-to-one session.
Be confident in providing oral health promotion in a group setting.
Be able to identify barriers to good oral health faced by patients and patient groups, and be knowledgeable on ways of overcoming these barriers.
Be able to create your own resources for use in oral health promotion.
The RoC consists of the following five parts:
Part 1 – In clinic OHE appointments.
Part 2 – Display.
Part 3 – Resources.
Part 4 – Group sessions.
Part 5 – Course feedback and signed/completed witness list.
General dental practice
Specialist orthodontic practice only
Certificate in Oral Health Education Module 1: The Oral Cavity
Learners will refresh their knowledge on the oral cavity including tooth formation, structure and function with a brief review of the tongue and salivary glands.
Certificate in Oral Health Education Module 2: Caries and Periodontal Diseases
In part one, learners will explore the caries process, risk factors and treatment options. In part two, learners will explore the signs, symptoms and management of the most common periodontal diseases .
Certificate in Oral Health Education Module 3: Other Diseases of the Oral Cavity
In part one, learners will explore tooth surface loss, xerostomia, dentine hypersensitivity and staining. In part two, learners will explore peri-implant diseases, candidiasis, koplik spots and ulceration.
Certificate in Oral Health Education Module 4: Essentials of Oral Health Education
In part one, learners will explore plaque removal, fluoride and diet . In part two, learners will explore caring for fixed and removable appliances and the link between general and oral health.
Certificate in Oral Health Education Module 5: Patient Groups
In part one, learners will explore giving tailored oral health advice to different patient groups. In part two, learners will explore the role other healthcare professionals, wider determinants of health and different types of socialisation.
Certificate in Oral Health Education Module 6: Becoming an Oral Health Educator
In part one, learners will explore the role of the oral health educator and managing anxiety and challenging behaviours. In part two, learners will explore how to communicate effectively with patients, overcome barriers and plan tailored sessions.