Samira Tiarraz


English, Farsi
AAS in Dental Hygiene
NYU College of Dentistry

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

I hated going to the dentist because I was always scared of being judged. I had such bad experiences as a kid that I hadn’t gone to the dentist until I was in college.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Educating people on proper hygiene and seeing long term improvement. I also love to see people smile!

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?

Pink starburst

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

“Your hygienist is judging you.” For me, when I’m in someone’s mouth it is like tunnel vision. I am focused on getting it clean and restoring it back to health. Other than that I’m probably thinking about what my next meal is going to be or what errands I have to run. There is no judgement when you are sitting in my chair because I’m not perfect myself. My goal is to work together and see results.

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

Smiling helps you live longer. Every time you smile, your body produces greater amounts of antibodies, giving you an immunity boost.

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

My dog! Her name is Chimmie.

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