Meet Dr. ChauLong Nguyen

Thank you for visiting my website. I have always remembered and followed the oath that I took at our White Coat Ceremony in our second year at University of the Pacific, Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry. This oath has been my guidance and philosophy in my personal and professional life.

  1. We treat all persons with kindness and integrity.
  2. Our responsibility is to promote the health of the community and the persons we serve.
  3. We honor our patients’ dignity. We will be their zealous advocate, guided by their will, sensitive to their feelings, needs, and thoughts.
  4. We respect the trust of our patients. We will not violate that trust. We will respect all that is confided in us. We will do no harm.
  5. We recognize the limits of our competence. We will seek the knowledge and inspiration of our colleagues whenever our patients’ needs require.
  6. We will continuously learn to improve our knowledge and skills and be current with the new materials, techniques, and advanced dental technology to provide the highest quality of care to our patients.
  7. We will strive to achieve the practice of excellence.
  8. We respect and cherish the lives of all persons. We will not discriminate against any person in our decisions and care of patients.

My decision to become a dentist was made at a very young age. When I was eight years old, one of my molars had a cavity and it needed to be removed. My family was very poor, so my mother had to take me to a hospital that was a two-hour boat ride away. While I was there, I saw a girl about my age with a large, shiny, purple swelling which looked larger than the size of her tiny head. After my tooth was removed, I learned that she was suffering from a type of oral cancer. At that moment, I was determined to become a doctor to relieve such pain and suffering.

When I came as a refugee to the United States, I had ten cavities and very buck teeth. After the cavities were removed and I completed orthodontic treatment, I was so happy with how I looked and felt. That was in 1995, shortly after which I began my formal education to achieve my dream of becoming a dentist.