Samantha Mitchell-Edwards


New York City College of Technology

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

Well, my parents never took me to the dentist when I was a child but taking care of your oral hygiene was a daily topic in my household so that’s what sparked my interest and fascination with teeth.

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

My mom inspired me although she never took me to the dentist. She was meticulous with my oral hygiene and I believe she was that way because she lost majority of her teeth before she turned 30 years old. She frequently spoke about taking care of your teeth that made me develop fascination with them. Because she didn’t have access to good dental care she made it her duty to educate her children and that made a huge impact in my life. Thanks mom.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Helping people achieve a healthy smile.

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

Beyoncé because I want to see if her teeth actually look as perfect as they do on the TV screen!

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?

Chocolate fudge minus the calories.

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

I have 5 brothers and 4 sisters.

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

Working out then soaking. Also Netflix and Chill.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

Painful dentistry. I would very much like to her people say that they love coming to the dentist and that the experience was enjoyable!

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

The different shapes of teeth.

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

Hair stylist or a chef.

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

Afro beats music.

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

Going home to my husband and three children.

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