Thanh Tran


English, Vietnamese, some Mandarin
AS in Dental Hygiene
Northern Virginia Community College

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

I grew up in a developing country. We only went to the dentist when we had tooth problems.

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

My precious boss. She is a dentist and she convinced to study dentistry.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

A stable and flexible career

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?


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


What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

The anatomy of the teeth

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


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

Beautiful, straight teeth

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