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Richard B. Love, D.D.S.

Richard B. Love, D.D.S.

Richard B. Love D.D.S. is a general dentist in Thurmont, MD who focuses on preventive and restorative family dentistry. In addition, he offers orthodontic care and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Love was raised in Thurmont and has been practicing dentistry here since 1983. He earned his D.D.S. at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He is also a graduate of Catoctin High School and Western Maryland College (renamed McDaniel College in 2004). He began practicing dentistry in Glen Burnie, MD before returning to Thurmont and purchasing the practice from his hometown dentist, Dr. John Doll. To learn more about Dr. Love’s more than 30 years practicing dentistry in Thurmont, read this article in the Catoctin Banner.

Continuing dental education is one of Dr. Love’s top professional priorities. In 2000, he earned his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) by completing more than 500 hours of continuing education course credits that covered a broad spectrum of topics. Only 6 percent of general dentists in the United States to earn this award. He continues to expands his professional knowledge each year by participating in classes on a variety of dental topics. He is currently focusing his coursework on advances in cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics.      

Professional memberships

Community support

Outside of the office Dr. Love has a strong commitment to the community. He sponsors a Thurmont Little League baseball team and supports local school and community activities. He coached his children in youth sports for the Glade Valley Athletic Association (GVAA) baseball, basketball, and soccer programs from 1989-2002, holding the office of president of the GVAA Soccer Program from 1996-1998 and the Walkersville Soccer Advocates from 2001-2004. As a sports enthusiast, you can still find Dr. Love in the stands cheering on local teams with friends and family.      

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Our team

Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of our practice at Catoctin Dental. We work hard to make you feel at ease by providing exceptional patient care in a relaxed atmosphere. Richard B. Love, D.D.S. leads our dedicated team of oral health care professionals in helping our patients make educated decisions about their oral health and treatment options.

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Administrative team

Our administrative team helps Dr. Love run the office and support the needs and interests of our patients. They are often the first to greet patients when they visit or call the office.

Office Manager: Peggy joined our practice in 2000.  With her background in the banking field, she handles Dr.Love's appointment scheduling, patient and insurance billing, and oversees the adminsitrative needs of the office.   

Patient Coordinator: Tori became a member of our team in 2013. 

Dental hygienists

Our Registered Dental Hygienists are licensed by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners and hold current certificates for practice. In addition to being excellent clinicians, they are gentle and avid educators in the prevention of dental disease.

Billie has over 15 years of experience as a dental hygienist in our office. 

Melanna has 8 years of expereince as a dental hygienist in our office. 

Dental assistants

Our qualified dental assistants have been carefully trained by Dr. Love, and are all licensed in radiology, expanded functions, and orthodontics. Their gentle and caring manner makes patients feel comfortable, and their expanded qualifications optimize patient care.

Jean has over 25 years of experience in our office.