If you are out shopping for a dentist, then chances are that you will not just be looking for a dentist, but specifically for a good dentist. After all, don’t we all have vestiges of ‘dental phobia’ in us? And don’t we all have a liking for good doctors, and an aversion for ‘not so good’ doctors? In the face of all this, as you go shopping for a personal dentist, you may find a checklist of ‘features’ that go into the making of a good dentist handy.
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Incontestably, a good dentist is one who is kind. Okay, all dentists, like indeed all doctors, have some degree of professional kindness in them. But given two dentists- one who seems to be of genuinely kind disposition and another who seems to be only ‘professionally kind’ most of us would opt for the apparently genuinely kinder dentist. The need for a kind dentist is especially great if you are shopping for family dentist, and you happen to have some young kids. This is given that if your dentist doesn’t come across as very kind to your kids, they may develop an aversion to him or her – and hence to all future dentists (thus planting into their minds the seeds of dental phobia).
A good dentist is one who is easily reachable. Sometimes, dental emergencies do occur, and you may want to have a dentist who can at least advice you in the moment on what the best course of action is, even if he or she is not immediately available for consultation.
In many people’s opinion, a good dentist is one who is experienced. It is appreciated that dentistry is a very practical field, one in which experience in various procedures does come in handy. Thankfully, every dentist comes with some degree of practical experience (even the one graduating from dental school today), seeing that dentist training comes with some degree of practical exposure in real clinical environments. Many people, however, do consider dentists with post-graduation experience better candidates for retention as personal dentists.
In many people’s opinion, too, a good dentist is one with whom you can create good rapport with easily. This is perhaps part of the first point mentioned, with regard to a good dentist being kind – but it is worth of special mention on its own. If you go for a routine dental visit to a ‘random dentist’ and you find yourself establishing good rapport over the course of your consultation session, you may consider making him or her your personal dentist.