Dr. Neha Jhala


English, Hindi
Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

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. My parents lived in tea estates with limited access to care. We would need to fly down to the closest city for our medical needs. Going to the dentist meant a trip to Bhutan. That was the closest and best dentist we had around. He was trained in New Zealand and in the 90's, he was the only dentist to do composite fillings in Bhutan. The blue light (UV) he used was the newest and coolest tool.I was fascinated with technology and was excited to see him use all his gadgets and tools!

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

My grandfather is a surgeon and has been a great influence in my life. I knew early on that I wanted to be in healthcare. Dentistry just happened and I am so glad that it did. Dentistry is more than just treating teeth. It’s about interacting with patients and establishing trust early. I enjoy that part of my job.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Dentistry is stressful, but can be very rewarding. I enjoy interacting with members and hearing their concerns. Sometimes, they are anxious or in pain. I find joy in providing a positive dental experience to an anxious member and making them want to come back and see me again. I enjoy helping someone out of pain instantly. The most rewarding part is creating beautiful smiles that can change a member’s life.

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?

Strawberry shortcake with sparkles

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

I had a mini zoo at home and even had a pet leopard for a day.

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

Dentists are in it for the money and that they don't care about their patients.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

Its intricate connection to the body. I can diagnose diseases based on their oral symptoms.

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

Its intricate connection to the body. I can diagnose diseases based on their oral symptoms.

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


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

A day spent with loved ones and little notes from my babies.

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