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I’ve been looking for a good dentist, and I’m getting frustrated, so I’m going to use my status as a blogger and call out – ya’ll, I need a recommendation for a dentist.

Ever since I moved up to DC, I’ve been looking for one. The first one I went to here was shady, I won’t name names, but I got a weird vibe, and the office was more like a hospital waiting area with only sheets between the chairs than a dentist office with actual offices. So I started asking around – turns out none of my friends like their dentist, if they even HAVE a dentist at all!

So… halp! I need a good dentist – one that isn’t money grubbing, sketchy, and is friendly, and competent. Please tell me such a thing exists in DC!

Katie moved to DC in 2007, and has since embarked upon a love affair with the city. She’s an education reform advocate and communications professional during the day; at night and on the weekends, she’s an owner here at We Love DC. Katie has high goals to eat herself through the entire city, with only her running shoes to save her from herself. For up-to-the-minute news and reviews (among other musings), follow her on Twitter!

25 thoughts on “Dentist?

  1. Oh yeah and they are great! I had to get 7 (yes SEVEN) cavities filled and he was awesome. I hadn’t been to the dentist for 5 years because I was in college, and when I moved to DC, I found them through the GEHA website. I don’t think they are money grubbing, although my dad handled all my dental bills before this. Highly recommended.

  2. I just started seeing Dr. Will Thornton and I really like him! He’s young and really competent. Very convenient location too — right off Farragut Square

  3. South Capitol Smile Center across the street from the Nats ballpark is good. I went there recently after not having been to the dentist in 14 years and the dentist (Dr. Sheila Samaddar) was really nice and friendly and professional. And they have flat screen monitors attached to the patient chair so you can instantly see your xrays. That was pretty cool.

  4. I LOVE my Dentist. His staff is great and his office has embraced technology to the point of digital X-Rays and programs to help you predict cavities. He’s right in Pentagon City in the Riverhouse Apartment complex – Dr. David Cote.

    On another note, beware the Ballston Dental Clinic, if only because someone continuously scratches out the “T” in the word Ballston from their signs…

  5. Georgetown Smile – small, friendly denist office, out the way, but not. He goes out of his way to help out patients

  6. Wow! Thanks to the blog I just scheduled an appointment with Dr. Bonner (convenient address). Earliest appointment is June 30th! (Well, not anymore!)

  7. Drs. Cusamono and Stuver

    They have a very professional staff and a modern office. They are also a half block from the Ballston Metro on Fairfax Dr (same building the Obama campaign was located in).

    Another bonus, I can get 7am appointments and not miss any work.

  8. I’m so happy to see Dr. Thornton’s name already on the list. He’s Southern and wonderful and always takes time to explain what’s going on. The man seems to genuinely empathize with his patients. And he never pushes unnecessary treatment. (I came there after visiting a dentist that insisted I get a whitening treatment. Dr. Thornton hasn’t once mentioned it or any other aesthetic crap that doesn’t affect tooth health.) I cannot recommend him highly enough; best dentist I’ve ever had. He’s also very understanding about insurance problems – even gave me a free x-ray because the previous money-grubbing dude didn’t take the full set and insurance wouldn’t cover additional film.

  9. Hey Katie! I go to Dr Everett Schneider ( and really like him/his staff. They’re located on I street in DC … almost on top of the metro, so it’s super easy to get to his office. I recently had some issues he found and he did a great job of recommending me to a specialist I needed and so on, so I’ve been impressed !

  10. I adore my dentist, but she’s way the hell out in Loudoun County so that’s probably useless to you. I will drop her name anyway – Lansdowne Dental Care, Dr. Tracy Nguyen. Seriously, if any readers are out in the ‘burbs, she’s fantastic.

  11. Drs. Cohen and Cohen in downtown DC are absolutely fantastic. They are nice, accomodating, and don’t rip you off at all! They answer all questions, and never make you feel stupid for wanting to understand what is going on with your teeth. Everyone I send to them raves that they are the best dentist in town. Please see the yelp reviews, including my own.

  12. KT, here is my recommendation. Dr. Tim Dunn.

    Tim is highly professional. His office is ultra modern. They have video games and dvds in each room. His staff is awesome. One weekend, I was having pain and he called me and asked me to come to the office on a weekend so he could have a look. i didnt stay in a holiday inn last night, but i do recommend Dr. Dunn.

  13. Brian Gray at McDermott, Giannini and Gray up in Tenleytown has lots of local and national accolades and is quite good… I didn’t do any price shopping, but I don’t think he’s particularly expensive… after having some cut-rate dentistry of my own, however, I found it’s cheaper in the long run to pay a little extra for good dentistry up front…

  14. I seriously love WLDC readers, that all was SO helpful! I feel much more confidant now about all these places!

  15. Dr. Louie (first name Jim, I think) – his office is around McPherson Square. Super friendly and great.

  16. Ditto the rec for Dr. Samaddar at the South Capitol Smile Center… I hated the experience of seeing a dentist in DC – cancelled appts (without notice) changing locations and insurances… NONE of that is a problem with Dr. Samaddar. She’s great with flexible hours and an easily accessible location and I always get a reminder from her of my appointments.