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Laura Smith, DDS

Board Certified Periodontist located in Gulfport, MS

About Dr. Smith

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Dr. Laura Smith is a graduate of Universidad Latina de Costa Rica where she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) in 2009. In 2013, she was accepted into a 1-year fellowship at Louisiana State University where she received training restoring single and multiple dental implants with the newest techniques.  In 2014, she accepted a position in Louisiana State University’s Post-Graduate Periodontal program, which she completed in 2017. 


After obtaining her D.D.S., she practiced general dentistry for 3 years in a private practice in San Jose, Costa Rica. Since completing her 4-year postgraduate education, she has been serving the community of south Louisiana as a periodontal dental specialist.  Besides receiving training in periodontal disease and conditions, she also trained extensively in all aspects of implants, including aesthetic implant surgery, bone grafting, sinus elevation, microsurgery, aesthetic gum grafting, and full mouth implant rehabilitation. Dr. Smith is a compassionate and highly-skilled specialist who treats each patient as if he or she were a member of her own family. 


Dr. Smith lives in New Orleans with her husband and her three wonderful children. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, biking around the city, and exploring new places and restaurants. 

Dr. Smith's professional associations and licenses

Active member American Academy of Periodontics
Board Certified Periodontal and Dental Specialist 
Certified IV sedation provider
Certified Non-IV oral sedation
Nitrous oxide provider
Certified ACLS AND CPR

Dr. Smith came to the United States in 2012 after marrying her husband; she is originally from San Jose, Costa Rica. She and her husband made New Orleans their home and have been building their family for the last ten years. They have three children together; Oliver, Emme and Julian to whom they dedicate most of their time. They enjoy traveling as a family and sharing time with loved ones. During vacation time you can find them enjoying the warm weather in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. 

Dr. Smith likes to sit down with each patient and reinforce methods to prevent further oral and periodontal disease. She likes to explain to the patient the many different treatment options using the most up to date diagnostic tools available and then provide the best treatment to suit that patient’s individual needs. Her first choice is always saving natural teeth, but, if that is not possible, she will always present the most modern alternatives available for her patient.