02/08/2021

Categories: Dental Technology, Undergradute

What Makes a Good Dentist or Dental Professional?

Think you know what it takes to work in the dental industry? Today’s essential traits may not be what you thought…

Times are changing in dentistry, and being a good dental professional is key in ensuring patients get the preventative, responsive and long-term care that they need. One of the biggest areas of focus is digital technology, and both dentists and dental technicians need to have their fingers on the pulse.

The University of Bolton’s dental technology degrees provide you with the best foundation for your career, taking place in our £4.8 million Centre for Dental Sciences. We do more than just deliver modules too. We put a big focus on personal development, helping you be the best you can be in any workplace!

So what makes a good dentist or dental technician? Some of the obvious traits include having extensive technical and anatomical knowledge, being good at problem-solving, and being a great leader. But here are key traits that we think are even more important…

You have to be likeable 

A pleasant and agreeable personality can be the difference between patient loss and retention.

It takes confidence to work as a dentist or dental professional, but your ego should be left at the door. Because the way you interact with your clients will be key to your success.

You need to have the patience of a saint

Communication is a vital tool if you want to help your clients improve their dental health and hygiene. Explaining complex procedures requires patience, and this means you have to be able to understand things from their perspective.

Patience, empathy, good verbal and non-verbal communication, and a friendly and gentle approach are a must if you want to make a difference.

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A preventative mindset (not the old ‘drill and fill’)

What makes a good dentist is the right approach to oral health. It shouldn’t be about drilling and filling, and only being responsive. You should build a relationship with your patients, helping them improve their oral hygiene and giving them the tools to prevent cavities in the first place.

This means advising them how to clean and floss, recommending products, and utilising digital technology to detect caries before it’s too late.

 

Artistic…..with a great eye for detail

You’ve probably not heard of dentistry being a creative art form, but it really is! Today, aesthetics in dental care matter more than ever. With so many people taking an interest in teeth straightening, cosmetic bonding and veneers, it makes sense to have an eye for cosmetic styles.

Whether you’re a dentist or dental technician, you need to master the skills required to create a beautiful smile. And sometimes this will take a little creativity, and the ability to advise your patients effectively when restoring their teeth to their full potential.

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Sensitive to people’s feelings

As well as being a brilliant communicator, you’ll need to be very connected with the emotions exhibited by others. Being caring and concerned about how the patient feels during a procedure is essential if you want to put them at ease.

Statistics from Oral Health Foundation reveal that half of UK adults are scared of the dentist, with approximately 12% suffering from an extreme phobia. So the industry has a long way to go before reaching and actively helping the wider population.

Dentists and dental technicians have to go to great lengths to make people comfortable, and this means being in tune with your patients and their feelings.

So, do you think you have the right people skills to become a great dental professional? Knowing what makes a good dentist or dental technician starts from a solid education.

Voted a Top 6 UK University for Teaching Quality in The Times Good University Guide* for three consecutive years, there’s nowhere better to begin your training than the University of Bolton!

 

To find out more about applying for a place starting in September 2021, see our available courses online.

Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

 

*The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, 2020 and 2019

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