Why I Became A Dentist: Dr. Tri Mai's Story

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Why I Became A Dentist: Dr. Tri Mai's Story

Your River Heights dentist, Dr. Tri Mai, has been driven to become a dentist since he was a teenager! Learn more about his journey into dentistry here.


Growing up in Vietnam, dental care was definitely not something that was important in our daily lives.

When I came to Canada at 10 years old, I had an adult molar that was badly decayed and was so painful that I was constantly crying. The tooth subsequently was extracted. I'm not sure if it was for that reason that my parents started to plant a seed in me that I should become a dentist.

By the time I was in grade 10, I already knew that I would try to get into dentistry when it was time for university. 

I wish I could say that the main reason I wanted to become a dentist was because I wanted to help people with tooth problems. The truth is it was because my parents had ingrained that idea into my head. Luckily, it turned out that going into dentistry was a great career move.

There is a great sense of satisfaction when you can help someone with their smile or get them out of pain and discomfort. Dentistry encourages you to keep on learning in order to provide the best care possible.  Not only that, you get to meet new people and form many wonderful friendships.

I feel truly lucky to have a career that helps to provide for my family and is rewarding at the same time.

- Dr. Tri Mai

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