Dentists are humans, like the rest of us, so there's definitely different personalities and styles that dentists have. Here is a list of 8 types that I have thought of.
1. The Mr Bean
Pretty much everyone has seen the episode of Mr Bean where he visits the dentist. The episode doesn't really put dentistry in a positive light but is often played in the waiting room. This dentist is the stereotypical grouchy middle aged male who hates his job and would rather be on the golf course. He doesn't talk much, but when he does, it's about flossing. After the lecture(s), you follow his instructions for a couple of days and go back to your old habits.
2. The Eddie Murphy
This kind of dentist is the opposite of the Mr Bean dentist. He is always cracking jokes and a generally cheerful person, maybe there is a leak in the laughing gas cylinders.
3. The Guantanamo Bay
We all know what Guatanamo Bay is famous for: torture. With this kind of dentist, everything they do is done with 100 times the amount of force actually needed. I don't understand why they need to do things with more force than required; doesn't it get tiring?
4. The Fairy Floss
On the other end of the spectrum, the fairy floss dentist is so gentle, that it feels as pleasant as eating fairy floss. You may think only females can be fairy floss, but it is all about how much they care about your comfort. Some may be overly worried about hurting you and keep asking if you're ok and apologising for hurting you with their breathing.
5. The Sloth
Sloths do a number 2 only once a week, but this fact has nothing to do with this post! The trait that I am referring to is their slow movement. The sloth dentist is really slow and inefficient. You are not sure what they are doing with their back to you half of the time. When they are so slow, your mouth gets tired and you wish there was something to entertain you.
6. The Speedy Gonzales
Andale! Andale!! Ariba! Ariba!!!! The Speedy Gonzales dentist is commonly related to the Guantanamo Bay dentist; they need to be quick so end up being rough in the process. Speed is a good thing, because it means that the duration of unpleasantness is shorter. But if it is at the expense of quality and attention to detail, it is detrimental in the long term; treatment will need to be redone sooner and the chance of failed treatment is higher.
7. The Durian
Durian is a fruit from Asia that has an intense aroma/smell. If you have an open one in the fridge, everything in it will smell like it. The smell is what it is famous for. This type of dentist unfortunately has strong body odour and when your head is so close to their body, it might help in numbing your senses.
8. The Judge Judy
Judge Judy doesn't care about your feelings; she just wants to solve the problem and get you out of there. She will cut you off when you talk and doesn't want any chit chat. Does she care about the people she sees? Not really. It's funny to watch, but it's uncomfortable to be on the receiving end of her words.
Let me know if there are any types of dentists that I have missed!