Originally Posted by sacapuntas
Continue to shadow the general dentist. After 30+ hours you can't see yourself doing it, you should start to think dentistry isn't right for you. However, before you change your mind again you should shadow several different general dentists that have very different practices.
For example, I shadowed a chain dentist several times and could not see myself doing that for a variety of reasons. I then shadowed a dentist at a private practice and could see myself doing that but didn't see a passion in it. I then shadowed a public health dentist and knew I wanted to do that with passion. It took me shadowing 3 different general practice dentists to find what I was really interested in. I imagine this could change further once I am in dental school, but at least I know there is dentistry that I cold really be passionate about.
Amen to this too. Besides just the setting, the attitudes and personalities of the dentists/staff make a difference and offer different insight.