What makes a great dentist? Māori dentist Scott Waghorn shares his advice

What makes a great dentist? Māori dentist Scott Waghorn shares his advice


Scott: Kia ora, ko Scott Ariki Waghorn taku
ingoa. Ko Ngapuhi taku iwi. I am the dentist, founder and owner here at
Dentalcare West. Brook: Scott Waghorn has a Bachelors in Dentistry
and studied calculus, statistics, chemistry, physics and English at high school. He is
now one of the most recognised dentists in New Zealand and is the founder of Dentalcare
West in Auckland. Scott: How often do you go?
Brook: I’ve got great teeth, I floss, I’m good. Scott: We’ll see. Brook: Yeah I flossed. Brook: Where did all of this start for you? Scott: It started very humble beginnings,
just working in a little practice just over the road here. And working sort of six days
a week, twelve hours a day, just as much as I could. And basically just sitting in there
and working hard and working hard and while everyone else was out having a party and a
good time that was my thing I just wanted to get a really good patient base and a good
following. Brook: From dental technicians, anaesthetists,
hygienists and assistants, this place has it all.
Scott: My best tooth joke is if I look at a gum and it’s a bit swollen and I go “aw
gummmm onnnnnn!”. (laughter) Scott: To break it down what you’ve got to
do first is to be a good dentist. So you’ve got to go to dental school, graduate. As you
become a good dentist you learn a few business things, you go to courses, and it just, yeah
it happened very gradually. It’s just putting in the mahi, especially when other people
aren’t. Just you know like a real passion, a real drive for it. Brook: As an employer what are some of the good qualities I guess you would look for,
if someone wanted to have a role in a place like this?
Scott: Well the main thing as an employer is the person has to have good character and
has to have the right attitude. Because all of the things of the job of dentistry, you
can teach that. For me it’s like you’ve got to have a caring attitude, you’ve got to be
nice, friendly, hopefully have some empathy, and everything else we can teach. So they’re
the main things. Karawhiua!

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