Dr. Mariam Naeem


English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, some Swahili
University of Pennsylvania
1 year of Endodontic training

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

Loved the dentist- no cavities :)

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

My uncle who was a pilot and a cigar smoker had oral cancer when I was young and had to get his whole jaw and tongue removed because it wasn’t detected early enough. Eventually it metastasized and was fatal despite the surgery due to late detection. It impressed upon me the importance of early detection and routine dental exams which still are not a thing in my country due to lack of awareness and access.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Being able to ease the members anxiety, see them trusting me to take care of their health and connect with them on a human level

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

Hillary Clinton. I would like to replace her #8 and #9 crowns :)

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?

Saffron rose

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

I am currently a pilot in training

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

Yoga and prayer

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

That oral health is separate from systemic well being and straightening your teeth is a cosmetic decision not a functional one

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

A simple smile can change anyones day

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

I would be an artist / writer

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

Piano instrumentals

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

Good food