When Henderson native Tyiana Thompson was crowned Mrs. Kentucky 2017, she took home even more than the top title. She also won Mrs. Photogenic, Best Interview, the Career Achievement Award and Contestants’ Choice. Her chosen platform is education, specifically accessibility and diversity in education. And she is excited about the opportunity to positively impact lives and be a role model.
The state competition is a qualifier for the national competition for Mrs. America, and Mortenson Family Dental is proud to be her sponsor. Tyiana has been a patient since 2013 and we recently talked with her about Mortenson and her winning smile.
Why did you choose Mortenson Family Dental?
When I moved to Louisville from the Cincinnati area, I found a dentist in my neighborhood. My first visit was more like a terrible car buying experience. I actually left in tears. A co-worker told me about Mortenson so I made an appointment there for my next cleaning. It was the best experience!
I have the world’s worst teeth and constantly have issues with them. The staff at Mortenson makes you feel welcome from the moment you walk in the door. They are so friendly and helpful. They really want you to have a good experience. It can be embarrassing to have a cavity or be to the point that you need a root canal. But Dr. Dick and his team always make me feel at ease.
Why do you stay with Mortenson?
I love how the people who work there are so positive and caring. You truly feel cared for and like you are part of a family. Many people are fearful of the dentist because they have had bad experiences in the past. I don’t think anyone could have a bad experience at Mortenson!
I also love how they educate you on how to care for your teeth. They explain everything they do and review your plan with you so you understand their recommendations and treatment options.
As Mrs. Kentucky, how important is a healthy smile?
In this role, I am often in the spotlight doing events and appearances. It is very important for me to represent the state and myself professionally. I think having a healthy smile and good oral health overall is very important when you want to make a good impression.
How does Mortenson help you keep your winning smile?
Every time I am in the office, the staff educates me on how to properly care for my teeth. I have been told that I may need to cut back on the coffee and red wine, but I think the honesty from the dentists and hygienists is a good thing. Their main priority is my health.
What extra steps, if any, do you take to make your smile bright?
I do teeth whitening every few months.
Do you have any advice for girls on how to have a winning smile?
Your smile is the first thing people notice and is extremely important in making a great first impression. Therefore, you want to make sure you are at least doing the basics at an early age – brushing after meals, restricting sugar-laden food and drinks, and FLOSSING. Honestly, I struggled with flossing regularly when I was younger, and I have paid the price. Now, I floss! Also, make sure you go to the dentist regularly. Don’t put it off. Bad oral health can lead to issues with your overall health.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
Mortenson Family Dental takes the family in their name seriously. The dentists and hygienists are patient and kind with every interaction you have with them. They will work with you on payment options and treatment plans because their top priority is your health, not financial gain.
It is extremely refreshing to walk into a doctor’s office and have them know you by name, and remember what is going on in your life. I think that is less common in our society today. I truly appreciate all of the Dupont team. They are an amazing group of professionals!
We think Tyiana is pretty amazing herself. We wish her the best in her future endeavors!