Thora Sylvester


AAS in Dental Hygiene
New York City College of Technology

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

I always loved science and knew I wanted to be in the Medical Field but wasn’t quite sure until I looked through my college catalog and saw Dental Hygienists, and their role in preventing Oral disease. At that moment I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Where I grew up on the Island, of Carriacou, Grenada there was no dental Hygienists.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is to see the transformation of clients overtime: from overcoming dental anxieties, and dental Phobias to a state of relaxation, confidence, joy.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

The perception that our dental health is unrelated to our medical health and are treated as separate entities, not collectively as one unit/system.

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

The coolest thing about the human mouth is that it’s like an oyster guarding its pearl. Not just one but 32! That’s a real treasure chest. Just flash a smile, priceless!

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

In another life I would probably be a marine Biologist or working with nature.

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

What really makes me smile is when my family get together on occasions and out of no where they’ll bring up funny stories from the past, you hope were buried and long forgotten. Family night never lacks comedy…

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