What Are the Top Qualities of Good Dentists?

A dentist’s job is both rewarding and exciting. Technical education and the passion for serving people are usually regarded as the key to success in dentistry. However, several other personal and professional traits are also needed to stand out in this career. Dentists with the right mix of qualities can successfully run their own practice too!  

qualities of a good dentist

Here are the top qualities of every good dentist:

Comfortable in Close Interaction with Patients

Dentists need to spend a reasonable amount of time while working with their hands and face close to their patients' face. This close interaction should be a pleasant experience for both patients and dentists. Successful dentists are calm and composed during their personal interaction with patients, even with those who have issues like bad breath.


Dentists usually work with sharp metal objects while treating their patients' mouth. Therefore, they should take extra care to ensure that their patients are not hurt during a procedure and have a pain-free experience. This helps to forge a close trust between dentists and their patients.

Makes Patients Comfortable

Right family dentists make extra efforts to learn about their patients on a personal level before starting their treatment. This helps dentists to ensure that their patients are comfortable. Also, the patients begin to feel that the dentist genuinely cares for their wellbeing.

Aesthetically Focused

Cosmetic dentistry is often considered art and dentist are required to master the techniques unique to the field. However, a good dentist should also focus on aesthetics while prioritizing the oral health care of their patients.

Detail Oriented

A dentist works in a tiny space in the patients’ mouth, and even a small misalignment can cause severe problems to their oral health. Therefore, dentists should be detail-oriented so that they can be trusted when it comes to avoiding such mistakes.

Enjoys the Dentistry Profession

Successful dentists enjoy their work and serve their patients with a passion. Most dentists find the job of restoring their patients' mouth to a healthy state to be fascinating! They are passionate about delivering care to patients.

Caring and Compassionate

Dentists should be concerned about how their patients are feeling during a procedure. They need to communicate every step of the process with their patient and ensure that their patients remain relaxed and comfortable. 

Effective Leader

Regardless of the fact whether they work as part of a team or have their own practice, dentists are usually natural leaders. This is because dentists lead a team of assistants, technicians, dental hygienists, and more. They also have to consider many business decisions for the practice too. 

Strong Communicator

A good family dentist will communicate complex processes and procedures in simple language for their patients to understand. This helps them to stay on the same page, making patients aware of whatever's going on in their mouth throughout. It's also essential that patients feel comfortable talking with the dentist.

Ready to Serve their Community

Dentists frequently participate in community service, assisting those in need of oral care and treatment. Many dentists like to help people who have no access to oral healthcare.

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Steffany Mohan, DDS

Dr. Steffany Mohan, DDS is a highly accomplished dentist, speaker, and coach in dentistry and has been practicing for around 22 years in West Des Moines, IA. She is renowned for her achievements in implant practice management and has established Plaza Dental Group as among the busiest and most thriving dental offices in Iowa