Danine Fresch Gray, DDS
What is unique about your practice?
We go beyond creating beautiful smiles. When our patients come to us with any type of dental challenge, we always look at the underlying causes. I explain, “I can fix your teeth, but I want to make sure you don’t continue having problems, so we need to get to the source of why this is happening.” We discover a lot about our patients through this process. The majority of the time it’s not just that they’re eating too much sugar or they don’t brush enough. It’s usually a combination of many different factors. We work through all of this with our patients. We address the physical side of things and we consider their overall well-being. We also talk about how their emotional health affects their dental health. A lot of people don’t realize the importance of that connection at first. It is really about the connection between the mouth, mind and body.
What made you decide to become a dentist?
I’ve been in dentistry since I was 16. I had an after-school job in a periodontist office and I continued working in dental offices throughout college and dental school. I’ve always been interested in science and math, and I love working with people. I’m very fortunate to have had great mentors, starting with my first job in high school. They taught me about the systemic health connection—that a healthy mouth is part of a healthy body—and that has been the foundation of my practice all along. I truly enjoy getting to know our patients and helping them feel better. We don’t just change smiles; we change lives.
Awards and Honors
Invisalign Premier Provider; Arlington Magazine Best of Arlington top vote-getter; Washingtonian Top Dentist since 1997; Virginia Magazine top vote-getter; Member, Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.