Dr. Kylin Chen


Loma Linda School of Dentistry

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

I did NOT like going to the dentist when I was younger...The reason is, ironically, my dentist was my mom! :) I actually kicked her once while I was in the chair—oops!!! She is actually a fabulous dentist, and I was apparently not the easiest or most grateful patient! :) Thanks to her, I didn’t have any cavities growing up. I can totally give her credit for my oral health habits and my passion for dentistry now!

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

My mom, for sure! She modeled how a strong female can have a brilliant career that helps others in society while also being a wonderful and engaged mom too. Her passion for dentistry inspired me to pursue the same field.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Helping reframe the dentist in the eyes of the public! The dental office does not have to be a scary or uncomfortable place to be. My highest goal in each interaction I have with patients is to make sure they receive gentle, compassionate care. I find it so rewarding when patients give me feedback that they felt at ease and comfortable in my chair!

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

Steve Carell. No doubt about it, he’s my favorite comedian/celebrity (The Office is my favorite!!!) I feel like he would have me laughing the whole appointment!

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?

Dream toothpaste flavor would be chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream flavor!

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

I have played the harp since I was four years old!

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

A long walk in the park with my husband, daughter, and pups! After that, we’d head home, eat some amazing NYC pizza, and Netflix and chill!

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

Unfortunately, I’ve heard many patients say that they have felt that their previous dentists really didn’t listen to them or care to address their specific concerns. I’d love to change that perception—I try to truly take the time to listen to my patients and ensure they feel heard and understood before any procedure takes place.

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

Your smile is literally as unique as your fingerprint! No two smiles are the same!

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.

Broadway soundtracks, for sure!

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

Dark chocolate and a glass of red wine!

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