Rose Johnston


English, some Spanish
BS in Dental Hygiene
Mount Ida College

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

I totally hated it!

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

I was inspired by my own dental anxiety, plus the desire to help people feel confident in their smile.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Making anxious patients finally find relief when entering the dental office. That, and making people laugh!

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

Kendrick Lamar. Just to simply have a conversation with him!

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?

Anything sour.

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

I have my hygienist license in 2 countries, and I used to live in Bermuda.

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

Long walks, journaling, and soaking up the sun.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

Dentists are scary.

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

The way the immune system responds to bacteria...every response is different!

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

I’d be an actress.

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

From country to rap, and everything in between.

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

A clean and organized space.