Common personality traits
Dentistry is an
unusual profession because while dentists are mostly focused on patient care,
they also often own and run their own businesses. Many dentists have a diverse
set of personality traits that allow them to work both closely with patients
and be successful managers of their practices.
A successful dentist is…
with close personal interaction.
If you think about it, much of a dentist’s time is spent with his or her face
and hands extremely close to patients’ faces. Successful dentists are
comfortable with being very close to other people, even if sometimes patients
have bad breath.
to talk to.
Successful dentists try to learn about patients on a more personal level
before beginning treatment to make patients feel more comfortable. This
puts patients at ease and makes them feel like the dentist truly cares
about them as whole healthy people, not just about their mouths.
Since dentists are working with sharp metal objects in the mouth, a very
sensitive area of the body, it is really important that they are
trustworthy. Patients need to trust that their dentist will try his or her
best not to hurt them and will take all precautions necessary to make
their experience pain free.
The mouth is an extremely small space to work in, so dentists must be
detail oriented. The smallest misalignment of something in the mouth can
wreak havoc on a patient’s bite and tooth health.
Dentistry is often referred to as an art. It requires mastery and
technique unique to the profession. Dentistry is largely based on
maintaining proper oral health, but is also an aesthetically focused
practice. A large part of dentistry involves restoring teeth and making a
smile beautiful, one that the patient is happy to show to others.
Dentists may own or work as practitioners within a practice, so they often
are natural leaders. They must not only lead a team of dental hygienists,
technicians and assistants, but must also manage any other employees, such
as the receptionist, while also making high-level business decisions for
about the profession of dentistry.
Successful dentists enjoy the work they do every day and are fascinated by
the mouth and all of the connections it has to the rest of the body.
about providing care to those in need.
Dentists often participate in community service, helping those in need
with oral care and treatment. Many dentists enjoy helping those with no
access to care receive treatments for painful or unattractive parts of
and concerned about how the patient feels during procedures.
Because dentists work in a very
small and sensitive space of the body, a good dentist communicates with
the patient during every step of a procedure, making sure they are okay
and not in too much pain. Good dentists go to great lengths to make their
patients comfortable and relaxed without pain.
A successful dentist has a keen ability to distill complex procedures and
processes into simple language so that the patient can understand exactly
what is going on in his or her mouth and any procedures that the dentist