A showstopper on ABC’s Modern Family, Sofia Vergara (shown with her son Manolo) says at one point she was two semesters shy of completing dental school in her native Colombia, according to people.com.

The actress and model said she left school to become a TV host.

Even when her son Manolo was 18, she joked with the magazine about the frequency at which she requested his cleanings.

“My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

Though she traded one career for another, she places a premium on impeccable dental hygiene.

“I’m obsessed,” she says.