Dr Michelle Toh graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. During her government bond, she enjoyed the diversity of being able to explore different aspects of dentistry from the varied postings. She gained experience from doing general dentistry while working at Queenstown and Toa Payoh Polyclinics. Her postings at the Health Promotion Board and School Dental Service allowed her to treat children and also those with special needs in schools like MINDS and Tanglin School.
Her attachment to the National Dental Centre and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital exposed her to dental patients with complex medical conditions. She was also posted to Institute of Mental Health (IMH) as part of her training. With so many different postings and exposure helped her to hone her skill in managing and caring for patients’ dental needs of all age groups.
Dr Toh’s ability to make each dental visit a pleasant, enjoyable and fruitful experience stamp from her communication skill that builds a rapport quickly with any patients in English, Mandarin and multiple common dialects. She is also patient , empathetic and gentle too.
Dentistry beyond the clinics
Dr Michelle Toh’s care for the patients does not stop at the clinic, it goes beyond the clinic to places like Cambodia to help the people there where she experienced first-hand the pain and suffering of many people due to lack of access to good dental care due to financial or geographical limitations.
Getting to know our Dentist
What are your Hobbies?
I love travelling, playing the harp and piano, as well as baking.
Now that I have just given birth to a cute baby boy, most of my free time is devoted to him now.
Relate an interesting / challenging experiences so far in your dentistry career
Fearful patient who eventually agreed to have all wisdom teeth removed under LA and was so satisfied with our treatment that she recommended her whole family and good friends to us. 50 year old man who has never seen a dentist in his life since he was traumatised as a child. His daughter brought him in to see what could be done as she was getting married and would like him to be able to look good in photos. He was fearful of treatment but required full mouth clearance due to decades of neglect. He had more than 10 extractions done and had a full denture made and was very satisfied with our services.
” I get motivated when patients are satisfied with the treatments.”
Why did you choose to be a dentist?
Love that it allows me to interact with people (patients) and at the same time, help them achieve a more confident smile.
What are the things that keep you motivated in dentistry?
When patients are satisfied with our treatment. When patient trust us to help improve their daily lives (speech, function and appearance)