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Karl A. Smith, DDS, MS

Dr. Karl Smith specializes in periodontics and implantology. As a periodontist, Dr. Smith specializes in treatment of gum disease, the maintenance of periodontal health, cosmetic smile enhancement procedures, and dental implants to replace teeth that are missing. Although no one likes to go to the doctor or dentist, we strive to make your visits with us as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We strongly believe that our patients’ comfort is an important part of quality dental care.

Dr. Smith believes that your right to choose a dentist is an important freedom. We work closely with your dentist, but a referral by a dentist is not required to visit our office. We also welcome referrals from patients and friends of the practice.  Everyone that is interested in keeping their teeth for a lifetime should see a periodontist.

Dr. Smith’s colleagues describe him as a gentle, easy-going person, and people come from near and far to experience the comfort and professionalism of his office and patient-oriented staff.  He is consistently rated by his peers as a Top Dentist in Virginia Living, Washingtonian Magazine, and Northern Virginia Magazine.

What to expect on a visit with Dr. Smith:
Dr. Smith says that “From the first phone call you will be treated with care and concern for your unique dental condition. Every question you have ever had about your dental health will be covered as well as any financial considerations you may have. It is my goal to care for each and every person that comes through my doors and to exceed your expectations from a dental office. I promise to always give you honesty and accuracy when it comes to your treatment. I will never start treatment without your full knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of your condition.”

Degrees, Training & Certifications

  • University of California, Los Angeles – Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree  – 1981

After graduation immediately entered General Practice in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps.

  • University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center – Completed 3 Additional Years of Advanced Training in the Specialty of Periodontics, Dental Anesthesia and Implants – 1992

Retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after four years of reserve and fifteen years of meritorious world-wide active duty service in 1996.

Dr. Smith ambitiously completed a Master of Business Administration degree with a Certificate in Health Services Management while working full time as a Periodontist.


He won the John Pritchard Prize for outstanding research which included looking for a vaccine against bacteria that cause periodontal disease.

Karl A. Smith, DDS, LLC


Waldorf Office
601 Post Office Road
Suite #1-B
Waldorf, MD 20602

Alexandria Office
2500 N. Van Dorn Street
Suite #128
Alexandria, VA 22302

MD (301) 805-6805 | VA (703) 288-3130