Iuliia Glushchenko


English, Russian, Ukrainian
AAS in Dental Hygiene
NYU College of Dentistry

Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come? I fell in love with dentistry when I was little. Each dental visit was always a big occasion for me, and I loved to ask about every detail there.

What (or who) inspired you to get into dentistry? How so? My destiny was decided since birth: My elementary, middle, and high school were all spent in a special chemistry gymnasium.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job? I think seeing the long term results is the most rewarding thing in every job. I am happy that I can help people to become better and healthier.

What famous person (alive or dead) is your dream dental patient? Why? I think it’s my grandmother. She always had a big dental phobia. I think if she were alive today I could change that.

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor? Yellow juicy melon.

What’s something your patients might be surprised to learn about you? I am a rhythmic gymnastics Master of Sport and a Latin-American dancer, but I'm still trying to learn French.

How do you recharge after a long week? What’s your go-to activity for hitting the restart button? Swimming and a nice cup of coffee is simply enough.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing? “Dentistry is painful.” On the contrary, it can be super comfortable and is absolutely safe.

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth? First of all, a person's mouth is absolutely unique to them. Forensic medicine uses teeth as the first element of human identification. Also, the human mouth is connected directly to the nose and eyes, which leads to direct influence on the entire body. Also, that saliva is produced from blood, which enters the glands located in different parts of the mouth and is filtered out and eventually converted into saliva, and that helps us to see the symptoms of many different diseases. Isn’t it amazing?!

In another life, if you weren’t working in dentistry, what would you be doing? Clinical research in dentistry. I would love to invent something better looking than painless silver nitrate.

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

What’s something that really, really, really makes you smile? Like, really? I love children and animals.