Louis DeLeon


English, Spanish
AS in Dental Hygiene
Santa Fe College

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 because I enjoyed someone else brushing my teeth — plus the clean feeling afterwards.

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

After graduating college, I was a little lost as to what career path I wanted to pursue. One night, I had a dream that all my teeth fell out and I had 30 seconds to put them back in order. Losing my teeth is a huge fear of mine, and that was the first time I ever had a dream like that. I took that as a sign to pursue dentistry...and the rest is history.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is making people feel comfortable when coming to the dentist, especially when they're fearful or anxious, then having them leave with beautiful healthy smiles. Oral health is very important in maintaining overall health, so I want everyone to be able to receive the necessary care they need.

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

I enjoy going to the gym. I have been on a fitness and health journey for the past year and it has been a positive outlet for me.

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

Graphic designer, fashion designer, or interior designer. I just find it so fascinating how creative people can be when making clothes or coming up with ideas on how to put things together so it's all cohesive and aesthetically pleasing.

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