Srushti Shah


English, Hindi, Gujarati
AAS in Dental Hygiene
SUNY Broome

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

I never hated going to the dentist as a kid. I was born and raised in India. There wasn't much awareness about oral health and periodic cleanings. But my perspective about going to dentist changed when I came to the U.S. and realized how important it is to maintain good oral health.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Seeing patients' happy faces at the end of every visit.

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?

Sparkling lychee

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

I am fond of small puppies. Also, I love trying different cuisines a great deal.

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

Yoga and meditation.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

Dental visits are only necessary when there is something wrong with teeth.

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

Teeth, like your bones, are alive. They have their own blood supply and nerves. A tooth can die.

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

I would be pursuing my childhood dream of being an astronaut!

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

Spending time with family and close friends always bring smile on my face.

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