Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come?
I actually enjoyed going to the dentist as a kid. It was always a fun experience for me. Now, being a dental hygienist, although it is rare, I am glad to hear that children look forward to coming to the dentist as well.
What (or who) inspired you to get into dentistry? How so?
When I was 15 years old my oral hygiene was not the best and my dental hygienist told me that I would have no teeth by the time I was 18. I was traumatized and knew that I had to make a change when it came to my oral health. I began to research oral care and become obsessed when it came to my oral hygiene. I decided that being in the field of dentistry was the best fit for me.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job would have to be the amount of satisfaction I receive being able to provide my dental care knowledge to all of the patients and seeing patients go through a transitioning period with their oral health.
What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?
Crème Brulee with a hint of strawberries.
What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?
A dental stereotype that should change is that going to the dentist has to be painful. Cleanings shouldn't be painful, even if your teeth are not in the best shape. It is normal for your mouth to feel a little sore after a cleaning but pain should not be experienced.
What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?
Without saliva we wouldn't be able to taste anything.