January 2, 2015
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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If you are considering becoming a dentist, you have picked a field that can be both rewarding and interesting. Becoming a dentist takes an interest in science and a desire to help people. But a dentist is also an artist, a scientist and a businessperson. Consider seven of the top qualities a dentist needs.
Good manual dexterity: Good manual dexterity is something that comes in handy for a dentist. The mouth is a relatively small space for a dentist to work. Procedures may require good coordination and a steady hand. Having good fine motor skills and being able to manipulate tools accurately in a small space can make the job easier. In addition, dentists should also have good stamina. Some procedures may involve standing over a patient for a long period of time.
Strong Interpersonal Skills: A dentist needs to be a people person. A large percentage of people do not enjoy going to the dentist. A good dentist is personable and is someone who can put people at ease. Most of a dentist’s workday is spent caring for patients. In addition, dentists have to work closely with their office staff including assistants and hygienists, so they should enjoy a lot of interaction with others.
Good Business Sense: Good business sense is also a helpful trait for dentists. Many dentists own their practice or are part of a dental group practice. There is a lot that goes into owning a business. In addition to hiring, training and overseeing staff, dentists in private practice need to market their practice, keep track of expenses and handle all the legal requirements, which go with being a business owner.
Excellent Communication Skills: Strong communication skills are one of the most important skills a dentist can have. Dentists educate patients on their diagnosis, treatment and preventative care. Being able to explain technical information in an easy to understand manner is part of the job.
A Desire to Learn: The field of dentistry is always changing. New technology means innovative procedures and a dentist should stay up to date on the latest advances. Having a willingness to learn new things and a desire to improve your skills is a great trait.
Compassion and honesty: A good dentist is also honest and compassionate. Dental problems can affect many areas of a person’s life, and dentists need to be sensitive to the problems caused by poor dental health. Having a compassionate attitude will help patients feel at ease and more comfortable seeking help. In addition, dentists must also be honest. Without honestly, it is almost impossible for patients to trust your judgment and put their care in your hands.
Good Problem Solving Skills: Problem solving skills are an essential trait for a dentist. Not every patient will have a dental problem with a clear cut solution. Sometimes a dentist needs to think outside the box in order to determine the best treatment approach for the patient.
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