What is a typical dentist work day like?

The typical dentist's day at work is not easy to describe, as each dentist may experience special aspects of work that depend on his specialty. However, for most dentists, the workday begins very early to accommodate patient schedules and may go on into the late evening hours and on weekends for emergency cases. Dentists will generally review the dental files and records briefly in the morning before each patient arrives and then add new notes at the end of each visit. Once inspecting patients' teeth and gums, a dentist will most likely recommend a course of action that can include preventative practices, cosmetic work and education about the importance of caring for the mouth.