Smile keeper: Lady, 29, grew up wanting to be a teacher but is now excelling as a dentist

Smile keeper: Lady, 29, grew up wanting to be a teacher but is now excelling as a dentist

- Nokukhanya aspired to be a teacher when she was a child

- However, she now runs her own dental practices

- She plans to conduct more oral campaigns in primary schools

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When Nokukhanya Nyalunga was a child, all she wanted to be when she grew up was a teacher, just like her father. Her family even nicknamed her "Mistress" because of her aspiration.

However, she ended up pursuing a degree in clinical and health science, Briefly.co.za learned. This is how Nokukhanya, who grew up in Mpumalanga, became a dentist.

Speaking to Sowetan Live, the 29-year-old said she already has her own dental practices in Siyabuswa, Mpumalanga, and Monsterlus, Limpopo.

Nokukhanya pictured at one of her dental practices. Source: Sowetan Live

Nokukhanya pictured at one of her dental practices. Source: Sowetan Live

She credits her mother for encouraging her to start her own dental practices. Her family also ran retail and franchise businesses in Pretoria and Siyabuswa.

This influenced Nokukhanya to return to her communities, set up practices there and make a difference.

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In addition, the success of her role models, Destiny magazine founder Khanyi Dhlomo, former Miss South Africa Basetsana Kumalo and businesswoman Carol Bouwer, influenced her.

She said:

They prove that women can do great exploits and master whatever they put their focus on, which is phenomenal.

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Asked what influenced her to eventually choose dentistry, Nokukhanya said:

In my years of schooling I saw that our people are ignorant of oral health in general as they only go to the dentist when there's pain.

She plans to conduct more oral campaigns in primary schools in Mpumalanga and Limpopo in the near future.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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