Carmen Quintanilla


English, Spanish
BS in Dental Hygiene
Clayton State University

Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come?

I absolutely loved it! I never remember having a bad experience so I am hoping I can do the same for my patients. Also, you can never beat that "clean, fresh, feeling" after getting a cleaning from your Dental Hygienist.

What (or who) inspired you to get into dentistry? How so?

I began my dental career as a dental assistant. That's when I fell in love with the profession. dental assisting was great, but I decided that being a dental hygienist was my calling. I enjoy the personal relationships I can develop with patients and building a rapport with them so they can trust me with their dental needs. Also, in 7th grade I wanted to be a dentist, I think its because both of my parents were medical doctors so I felt the need to go into some type of healthcare. I've always felt the need to help people so why not help them with their teeth!

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Knowing that I've made a difference in someone's smile, either by the services I provide or them being impressed with the office's environment and culture, is very rewarding for me. I also enjoy educating patients on the current status of their teeth and giving them tips and tricks on how to better their smile.

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?

Mint Chocolate Chip with extra chocolate chips

What’s something your patients might be surprised to learn about you?

I am the youngest of 5 kids and the only sibling born in the US

How do you recharge after a long week? What’s your go-to activity for hitting the restart button?

Getting all of my "splat" points at Orangetheory, doing a sauna session at Sweathouz, or just relaxing at home with family and friends. If I was a near a beach I would probably be there every weekend, specifically South Beach.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

Helping patients get over their dental phobiasm and helping them understand that we are here to help them.

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

Its the source of our smile! "Nothing you wear is more important than your smile." -Connie Stevens

In another life, if you weren’t working in dentistry, what would you be doing?

Personal trainer/nutritionist or fitness model, in a completely different life a Philosopher

When I’m in the patient chair, I’m probably grooving to {blank} in my headphones.

Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, or Harry Styles

What’s something that really, really, really makes you smile? Like, really?

Spending time at the beach with family, friends, and my dog, Jack, just soaking up the sun and forgetting all of life's daily stressors.