Yenan Xu, DDS

Dentist Manhattan NYC

As a child who loved to do hands-on activities and was always willing to help others, dentistry seemed a natural fit. I spent my youth in small-town China, where preventive dentistry was a novelty and being toothless by age 70 was considered normal. Dentists were only a last resort. This changed when my family moved to North America, where regular dental care was the norm. After being here for more than a decade, I realize there are still a lot of people without proper knowledge of oral health or those who just don’t understand the importance of preventative dental care. I want to make a difference in becoming the practitioner and teacher of the community in oral health. My curiosity and desire to teach also played a crucial part in my decision to become a dentist. I enjoy helping patients in transforming their lives and my greatest reward is seeing patients’ smile and appreciation!

Education and Experience

I graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology. I attended NYU College of Dentistry and received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2017, and I was proud to have been granted an Omicron Kappa Upsilon Award for Outstanding Academic Performance (top 3% of class). Since then, I have received rigorous training in each aspect of dentistry at Kings County Hospital general practice residency in Brooklyn and was later selected as the resident of the year. Along the way, I have been taking much-continuing education involved in dentures, implants, Invisalign, and cosmetic dentistry.

In the Community

I believe teaching is an integral part of becoming a great dental practitioner. At NYU, I became a general dental clinic teaching assistant for a freshman in my junior year. My thirst for knowledge and witnessing the improvement in the freshman’s eyes prompted me to work harder, often staying long after the session had ended. Additionally, I volunteered at Ryan Nena Community center to give back to the community.

Outside the Office

I was born and raised in Suzhou, China, a city known for its beautiful gardens. I immigrated to Canada in 2004, and later to the US in 2012. In the time spent outside dentistry, I enjoy listening to podcasts, building Lego, fixing computers, and weight lifting to keep my mind and body fit.


I am a member of NYS dental society, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Dental Association