Demario Anderson


AAS in Dental Hygiene
Hostos Community College

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

I fell somewhere in between — I was always nervous because of the stigma of pain associated with going to the dentist. But my dentist was very friendly and gentle, so it made me feel better about going.

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

My childhood dentist

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Helping to improve the oral hygiene of the population and giving them the information to maintain it.

What famous person (alive or dead) is your dream dental patient? Why?

Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd). The interaction would be an interesting one.

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?

Anything mint

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

I loved to sing back in high school.

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

A long nap and a nice meal.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

That all dental visits are scary and hurt.

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

Enamel is the strongest material in the human body.

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


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

Dancehall music

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


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