Derly Hernandez


English, Spanish
AAS in Dental Hygiene
Miami-Dade College Medical Campus

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

I LOVED going to the dentist when I was a kid. My favorite part was getting the fluoride treatment after each cleaning, I love the bittersweet taste, and also my dentist was so sweet and gentle that made me fall in love with dentistry. I was always looking forward every six months to visit the dentist.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is being able to transform people' smiles into healthiest smiles.

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

Esther Wilkins. She was the godmother of modern dental hygiene I would have loved to get some personal tips from her.

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

I was a figure roller skater when I was in middle school

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

Our smiles are as unique as our fingerprints. Teeth rest in people's mouths differently. That's why forensics use dental records to identify human bodies.

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

I would be a veterinarian

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

Dogs!! if they are puppies they make me smile even more! I love dogs!!

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