As a periodontal specialist, I have the ability to give patients many years of eating, smiling, and laughing. I take pride in knowing that I help patients with their oral health, as well as overall health.
Our first choice in dentistry is always to try to save the tooth or teeth, but when saving teeth is not possible, dental implants often are. Replacing missing teeth with implants can restore missing teeth and in some cases help prevent the need for dentures. It has been my pleasure to make my patients’ mouths healthier and saving teeth and smiles since 1997.
— Dr. Valerie A. Smith
- Undergraduate degree – Temple University, Philadelphia
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, 1997
- Specialty certificate in periodontics – Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000
As a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Dental Implants (board certified), Dr. Smith is required to continue her education for recertification every six years. She attends the American Academy of Periodontology annual meetings, and the Quintessence International Symposium on Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, to stay at the forefront of periodontal treatments and technology.
- American Academy of Periodontology
- Massachusetts Dental Society
- American Dental Association
- American Board of Periodontology and Dental Implants, Diplomate
Beyond the Practice
A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Smith returned to Boston permanently in 2008 after having spent a few years living in Back Bay in the 1990s. If you ask her, “There’s no place else I’d rather live.” When Dr. Smith is not busy saving teeth, she loves to travel. In cold weather, she makes it her goal to visit warm destinations.
In the warmer Boston weather, Dr. Smith enjoys gardening in her community garden at the Fenway Victory Garden. In addition to her plot there, Dr. Smith volunteers at their community participation days. She is one of a community of gardeners who all help to share seedlings, mend fences, and share the bounties of their gardens.