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Meet Towson, MD Dentist Dr. Jay Shires DDS

Dr. Jay Shires believes a successful practice is one that can develop long-term relationships with patients while providing excellence in complete dental care. His initial visit encompasses performing a complete examination of the entire masticatory system, including not only the teeth and gums, but the muscles and temporomandibular joints. Additionally, Dr. Shires screens for and treats patients with sleep apnea and related breathing disorders. Clinical findings are then discussed with the patient in order to come up with the best possible treatment plan for that patient, using the latest technologies. This comprehensive approach increases the predictability of treatment outcomes and fosters trust between the patient and doctor. Patients receive personalized attention and can elect to have a massage and heat pad, blankets, or the option to listen to their favorite music during treatment.

Dr Shires has been recognized repeatedly by Baltimore magazine as a Top Dentist and past president of The Baltimore County Dental Association. He is an alumnus of the L. D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education and the Dawson Academy. A member of the Dean’s Faculty at the University of Maryland, he is also a Crown Council member who donates all of his at-home bleaching proceeds to Smiles for Life, a group of children’s charities. He counts among his patients a number of fellow dentists and their families.


  • Alumnus – The Pankey Institute
  • Alumnus – The Dawson Academy
  • Fellow – Academy of General Dentistry
  • Certificate – Advanced Education in General Dentistry, University of Maryland Dental School: Baltimore, Maryland
  • D.D.S. – Virginia Commonwealth University/ Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry: Richmond, Virginia
  • B.S. Biology – University of Richmond, Cum Laude: Richmond, Virginia

Professional Activities

  • L. D. Pankey Alumni Foundation 2009 — 2014
  • Medical College of Virginia Alumni Association Life Member
  • American Dental Association 1982 – present
  • Maryland State Dental Association 1986 – present
  • Academy of General Dentistry 1982 – present
  • Maryland Academy of General Dentistry 1986 – present
  • American Equilibration Society 2004 – present
  • Crown Council 1998 – present
  • Virginia Academy of General Dentistry 1982-1986
  • Baltimore County Dental Association 1987 – present
  • Valley Study Club 2010 – present
  • Tissue Study Club 2001 – present
  • Synergy Implant Study Club 1999 – 2002
  • Northern Baltimore County Study Club 1996 – 2002
  • Towson Study Club 1986 – 1990
  • Virginia Dental Association 1982 – 1986
  • Association of Residents and Interns 1986 – 1987
  • PSI Omega 1985 – present


  • Now Are You Going for a Check Up, Baltimore Magazine June 2017
  • Baltimore Magazine, Top Dentist Issue: 1999, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
    Voted one of the top dentists in the Baltimore Area by a survey of dentists in the region.
  • Ducks Unlimited Conservation Award 1996