Christopher Damurjian


AAS in Dental Hygiene
New York University College of Dentistry

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

At the age of four, as I was playing on the playground, I fell and chipped my front tooth, prompting a visit to the dentist. As nervous as I was about the visit, the dentist made me feel comfortable during the whole process. Looking into the mirror, my smile was back to normal and I was amazed by how natural it appeared. Fortunately, the dentist was my father, Dr. Robert Damurjian. Although, I have visited and worked at other dental offices, all of them shared one thing in common: they all prioritized their patients and provided compassionate care to them, a major inspiration for me to pursue dentistry.

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

Recognizing my interest in dentistry early on, I began volunteering at my father’s private practice. I started off with infection control, learning how to setup and breakdown a dental operatory while learning about all of the different related materials and equipment. Later on, I learned to develop traditional radiographs and the techniques involved in taking digital ones. These experiences led me towards becoming fascinated with finding out more about the profession of dentistry. I then started to shadow Dr. Robert Isaacson, my orthodontist. I specifically remember a patient who had a narrow pallet. I learned that to correct this; he had to install a palatal expander, and over time I watched the patient’s arch and palate increase. I found it interesting how expanding the palate made the smile become wider along with raising the arch of the palate, almost like a miracle. Shadowing Dr. Isaacson further inspired me to continue my journey towards becoming a dentist.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Interacting with all the members, learning about them and assisting them to achieve positive oral health!

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?

Ocean breezy with a hind of coconut, cucumber and mint for a tropical relaxing day!

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

After a long week, I enjoy getting out of the city and heading into nature. Long walks with my family and dog Eros, biking riding, cycling, rock-climbing, and water sports!

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

How fast the human mouth adapts to becoming healthy once the cause of infection is removed along with proactive home care and routine cleanings.

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

Top Pop and Dance Music!

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

My dental family at Tend!

Additional Education
Master of Science
New York University Graduate School of Art and Science

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