Dr. Jolene Sum

Dr. Jolene is a born and bred Singaporean who completed her Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours in the University of Queensland, Australia. Having worked at multiple public and private dental clinics in both Australia and Singapore, she has ample experience in caring for patients from all walks of life. 

Dr. Jolene treats every patient like how she would care for a family member, always seeking to provide the most pleasant dental experience to all. Moreover, she strives to constantly improve as a dentist by attending professional development courses. She has received her accreditation in placing implants and administering gaseous sedation for anxious patients, having attended relevant courses locally and overseas.

Dr. Jolene is fluent in English and Mandarin, and can also speak basic Hokkien. Outside of dentistry, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, volunteering in church and keeping fit by swimming and rock-climbing.

“Every day, I strive to be the trusted dentist whom patients can count on to provide ethical treatment in their best interest.”


Top 10 Burning Questions You Always Wanted To Ask Your Favourite Dentist But Never Got The Chance.

1. What’s your most favourite thing you love being a dentist?

Dr. Jolene: Helping patients see that dentists aren’t so scary after all!

2. What’s the most complex operation you’ve done in your dental career?

Dr. Jolene: The most complex procedures in dentistry usually involve aesthetics which is subjective. Everyone has different opinions on what looks good and what doesn’t. Moreover, the perfectly shaped pearly whites of a celebrity may not suit everyone. While it is a challenge, I enjoy partnering with patients to reach their desired smile.

3. What is the most important skill you think a dentist should have, and why?

Dr. Jolene: The ability to communicate with patients about treatment needs to achieve optimal oral health for them. Dentistry is not a one way deliverance of treatment but a two-way partnership in which communication is key.

4. How has being a dentist impacted your life so far?

Dr. Jolene: Having worked in diverse clinical settings (rural, urban, Aboriginal, local), it has allowed me to meet and serve people from all walks of life.

5. What do you love most about your workplace?

Dr. Jolene: It takes me to New Zealand without having to hop on the plane :p

6. What’s a typical day like for you?

Dr. Jolene: A typical work day starts off with breakfast with my husband then going to work to serve our patients. After work, we would have dinner together and read in bed if we have nothing else planned for that night.

7. Who do you look up to as a role model?

Dr. Jolene: My mum – she is a super mum who is dedicated to her work and family. She works tirelessly round the clock, willing to spend and be spent for everyone.

8. When and how did you decide to become a dentist?

Dr. Jolene: I decided to become a dentist after I shadowed a few dentists at their clinics. I realised that dentistry is fun (not scary) and that dentists have a unique skill that can be used to serve the underprivileged with.

9. How was your first dental experience like?

Dr. Jolene: It was great! My dentist gave me a HUUUGE smiley tooth sticker for being well-behaved and for keeping my teeth clean. I wore the sticker on my shirt proudly for the whole day.

10. What books are you reading at the moment?

Dr. Jolene: I enjoy singing and am currently reading a book on that: Then Sings My Soul by Philip Percival