Samuel Cho, DDS
Giving People Reasons to Smile
When patients are happy, I’m happy. When a person appreciates what my team and I have done, it’s a beautiful moment!
Some people come in with low self-esteem, because they are missing a front tooth or two. That has left them feeling ashamed and as a result they don’t smile and possibly haven’t smiled for a very long time. Restoring those missing teeth, with natural-looking materials, can instill new confidence and boost their self-esteem. They walk out with a smile that’s brimming with joy!
Dentistry, to me, is about helping people change their lives. Whether that’s restoring function, removing pain, or making a smile more attractive, I want each patient to leave the office looking and feeling better than when they arrived.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Virginia
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
- Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
I have practiced dentistry since 2001. My grandpa was a carpenter and my dad worked in the fashion design industry; from them I inherited an aptitude for craftsmanship and have always been a handyman. In high school, and later college, I was drawn to science and biology. That interest, combined with the excellent hand skills and a drive for human connection, made dentistry the ideal career path.
Dental school, and then the rigorous post-doctorate residency, gave me a solid foundational understanding of dentistry. However, like all areas of healthcare, the field is constantly advancing: ongoing research means there are always newer technologies, materials, and techniques. These options can deliver easier, faster, and better treatment, with improved results.
Active pursuit of continuing education (CE) keeps me at the forefront of the latest methodologies and practices. In addition to many annual hours of CE in general dentistry, I take 25 hours of specialized courses in dental implants through the International Congress of Oral Implantologists each year. I also take classes through the Shatkin Mini Dental Implant Center and am a member of the Spear Study Club.
- American Dental Association
- Virginia Dental Association
- Northern Virginia Dental Society
- Korean American Dental Association
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
I believe it is important for each of us, to the best of our abilities, to help others in need. I enjoy volunteering at the Northern Virginia Dental Society Clinic, providing life-changing dental services to the underprivileged in our community. In doing so, I am able to improve the health, wellbeing, and quality of life of individuals. This makes our community stronger and happier for all.
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and have resided in Centreville, Virginia, since 2004. My parents live in Annandale. I have an older brother and two older sisters, too. One sister, Grace, lives in Seoul; my other two siblings, Sean and Esther, live in Fairfax.
If I’m not seeing patients, or reading the latest oral healthcare journal, I can often be found on the tennis courts or watching a match. I have played and followed tennis for over 30 years. I am also an avid walker: walking gives me a freedom and meditation-like feelings which I enjoy. And I am a reader, as well. Reading allows me to look into other people’s thoughts and lives, which I find challenges and inspires me.
Beyond these pastimes, and devotion to my family, my greatest passion is church. Faith has always been a big part of my life. It gives me a purpose and mission in life.