What it Takes to be a Good Dentist

A Professional Dental dentist muses on the qualities of a good dentist

As dentists, we pride ourselves on providing an excellent service for all of our clients. As you would expect from any professional dental practice, dentists are fully trained and undergo constant training in order to be up to date with the latest developments in dentistry. This fact should be a given, but it is not the only factor that makes for a good dentist so we thought, in this blog, that we would take a look at other factors which make some stand out from the crowd.


It is important that a good dentist listens to their patients; this is for two main reasons. Firstly, although we are trained to detect dental problems, only a patient can tell us the level of pain that they may be experiencing or the type of replacement for a lost tooth that they would prefer. Our role is not to insist but to advise about the best treatment for the patient once we have listened to their concerns and requirements. Another reason for a dentist to be a good listener, of course, is to enable the patient to feel comfortable and to put them at ease, especially if they are nervous and have a fear of the dentist or dental drill.


Whilst patients certainly don’t want their dentist to be cracking jokes when they are in the chair feeling apprehensive; a little humour can go a long way to helping a patient relax. Too often perhaps, patients can see us as being ‘different’ or ‘separate’ to them and a smile or too can really break the ice and enable them to open up to the dentist and feel relaxed during the examination and any treatment that may be needed.

Willingness to Explain

Whilst some patients prefer to be spared the details, many do like to know what is going to happen during a procedure. This can often help them to understand why the dentist is doing something at a specific point in the procedure. Often, with patients who are nervous of the dentist, it is because of the unknown and even if the procedure may seem a little scarey to the patient, many do prefer to know what will happen so as to know what to expect.

The Dental Practice

Whilst a dentist largely focuses on his own skills and his ability to perform a procedure in the best possible manner, he should not lose sight of the rest of the practice and how this impacts on the patient. From the manner of the staff at reception through to the way that the waiting room is decorated and furnished, these small but important factors can have a significant impact on the experience of a patient.