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Top 5 Qualities a Dentist Should Have

July 31, 2022
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Anyone can become a qualified dentist, but to be a success in dentistry takes more than academic knowledge. Whether a patient is opting for services like teeth whitening, fillings, or placing dental implants, dentistry is a profession that requires patience and care. Teeth are sensitive, and most individuals have real fears of dental visits. Dentists have to be more inclined to a patient’s unique needs, both mentally and physically. Along with the manual dexterity that dentists have to portray, there should be a deep understanding of patients with patience!

Extensive Knowledge

Dentists should be highly skilled at what they do. Several dentists are involved in multiple procedures, from cosmetic dentistry to installing implants. Whatever procedure a patient has to be involved in, the dentist must share relevant information about the process and its effects with patients. Attention to detail is a must, and staff at any dental clinic should be as highly qualified as the dentist.

Excellent Communication Skills and Patient Participation

Continuing along the lines of open communication with patients, dentists and staff should educate patients about procedures. This is especially important in complex processes involving a surgical component like placing implants. It is also the dentist’s job to display any alternatives to patients, so patients have a say in decision-making. After procedures are completed, dentists must follow up regularly with patients. This is possible with technology. Even before treatment takes place, proficient dentists will make it a point to communicate with patients via emails and other communication methods.

Must-have Services

Leading professionals in the field of dentistry have more than just skills at their disposal. Besides traditional dental skills and interpersonal skills, dentists must be equipped to offer multiple procedures to cater to every patient’s need. From services that relate to cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening to simple fillings, root canal procedures, and supplying crowns and bridges, dentists should do it all. Typically, depending on the age of patients, there are dentists who focus on children specifically. Services that target children’s dental requirements should be part of any dental practice.

Up-To-Date Methods, Procedures, and Technology

Any medical professional today has to stay updated where equipment is concerned. This is the only way to make use of technological advancements that make treatment accessible and convenient. Dentists should be abreast of new procedures and the latest equipment to conduct these, such as CEREC restorations, Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy, and All-On-4 Implants, to name a few. In cosmetic dentistry, advancements are frequent, and when a dentist updates their knowledge, they draw more patients.

A Dentist Should Have a Welcoming Office 

A positive atmosphere in any dental clinic is the key to making the patient experience optimal. The more a patient feels comfortable, the better any following procedure will go. Every part of the dentist consultation should be seamless, from taking an initial appointment to the follow-up. Patients need to feel the genuine trust of the dentist, and only then will procedures, treatment, and follow-up be successful.


Individuals require complex procedures that range from implants and root canal treatment to restorative dentistry. It is in the hands of the dentist to make a patient’s life comfortable and hassle-free while they undergo any treatment, straightforward or complicated. This goes a long way in making a dentist successful.

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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