Here’s a question for you: For how long do you brush your teeth? The Academy of General Dentistry reports that the average person brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, though the recommendation is to brush for two minutes.
This is just one of many ways we tend to ignore our oral health. We keep our toothbrushes too long even though they are magnets for bacteria, and we’re pretty poor at flossing.
It’s no wonder the American Dental Hygienists’ Association says 78 percent of Americans have had at least one cavity by age 17, while 80 percent of the U.S. population has some form of periodontal gum disease.
Clearly, it is time to visit the dentist.
Luckily, we have compiled our annual list of some of the best dental practitioners in the Baltimore region, based on peer-to-peer nominations. If you need a little more incentive to return to the dentist’s chair, consider that your dentist can screen for everything from heart disease to cancer. Check out our feature story where we reveal the many ways a trip to the dentist might just save your life—or at the very least, give your smile a Zoom-worthy sparkle.
Over the course of two months, we conducted an online poll asking members of the dental profession in Baltimore and the five surrounding counties where they would send a member of their own family for care.
We accepted submissions in eight specialties, and, as ever, received a great response. Only those with an overwhelming number of peer recommendations made our list, which was also reviewed by our dental advisor.
OUR ADVISER: DR. MORGAN BARKER HURWITZ
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 2011 from the University of Maryland, College Park Honors Program, Hurwitz received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 2015, graduating magna cum laude. From 2015 to 2016 she completed an Oral Surgery Internship at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received hospital-based training at Ronald Reagan Medical Center and focused on impacted wisdom teeth and sedation.
Following her internship, she continued her specialty training, earning a certificate in periodontics and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences, both from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 2019. The following year, Hurwitz graduated from the Implant and Periodontal Prosthesis Fellowship at the University of Maryland, where she focused on dental implant prosthetics. Hurwitz became a Diplomate in periodontics in 2021, where she was board- certified by the American Board of Periodontology.
Hurwitz is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Dental Association. Dr. Hurwitz grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where she currently resides with her husband, while practicing at Feldman, Slevin, Hurwitz & Choe, D.D.S., P.A. in Towson, Maryland.