By Casey Culberson
Posted in News, on March 24, 2016
Are you a dentist? Of course you are. Are you a Great Dentist? Now that one may be up for discussion. Sure, you may have patients tell you that during a procedure, but you can’t trust someone’s compliment in a situation like that. It’s like your mother telling you that you’re handsome. Maybe it’s true; maybe she’s just boosting your ego because she knows you need it. So how can you know for sure that you’re actually a Great Dentist?
It’s not about a thriving practice or glowing customer testimonials. No, it’s all about your traits. Let me break this down for you—all Great Dentists share certain qualities. If you don’t have them, then you aren’t a Great Dentist. Period. Luckily, we’re going to share those traits with you today, so you can see what you need to work on.
1. Good Interpersonal Skills
This is number one for a reason. I mean, imagine that you go to the dentist’s office for a procedure, and the dentist never says a word other than, “Sit down,” and “open wide.” That’s terrifying. A Great Dentist needs to be able to establish a rapport with their patient. Here’s how. Make it clear to your patient that you want to listen to their story, but you have work to do. Good phrases to use are “uh huh,” “really?” “wow, that’s crazy,” and “well, I hope it works out.” That’ll cover like 90% of your conversational needs.
What tooth are you pulling today? Does it really even matter? Yes, yes it does. Attention to minute details like that will go a long way toward making you a Great Dentist.
Your patients are going through a rough time. They have a problem with their teeth, and that can be traumatizing. The last thing they need is a cold, calculating dentist telling them to stop eating the hard Jolly Ranchers. They’re delicious. Especially grape.
4. Good Business Sense
You’ve been around the block. You know a thing or two, and you recognize a golden opportunity when you see one. The Molar Media Mount is staring you dead in the eye, and you’ll be damned if you let this opportunity slip through your grasp. This is what separates the good from the great—an easy-to-install mount that allows you to stream videos for your patients.
There are some things they just don’t teach you in dental school. You’re either born with them, or you have to work to develop the traits that will let you finally become a Great Dentist. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more about the Molar Media Mount.