About Our Office

At Smile First Dentist, we offer compassionate care for kids and honest advice for their parents. We understand that a positive dental experience is the foundation for future oral health, so we take a fun, friendly approach to every appointment. Our Durham team is here for your little one as much as we are for you -- we want to empower every parent with the information and practical advice they need to encourage healthy habits and positive outcomes.

Practical, Honest Advice

• We understand that baby teeth do eventually fall out, so we do not over-treat.
• Our pediatric dentists are all mommies who value transparency and trust.
• We approach treatment needs of each child as both dentist and parents.

24/7 Emergency Services

• We have a pediatric dentist on call 24/7.
• You are able to text or call about your emergency at any time.
• Patients of record can send pictures directly to our dentists for advice


Latest Technology

• We are a primarily paperless office
• Pain-free laser anesthesia is available.
• We offer digital impressions and x-rays.
• CO2 Light scalpel laser is used for quick and easy tongue and lip releases.

Safety & Comfort

• Nano-particle air filtration provides us with clean, fresh air.
• We sanitize between every patient
• Private waiting rooms are available for each family.
• We offer comfy, washed blankets and pillows.


• On-Demand Netflix or Amazon Prime help keep you and your child entertained.
• You'll be able to select your choice of all the latest Disney movies.
• Fidget toys are available to help keep wiggly patients calm.

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• Our patients overcome oral habits with positive affirmations.
• We give out fun prizes at every visit !
• Gamifying hygiene appointments helps motivate kids and parents.
• Life is tough as parents and we are not here to judge– We are just trying to be motivational experts in your kids oral health journey!

Meet Our Team

Get to Know Dr. Jenny

Dr. Jenny Citineni is a board certified pediatric dentist and originally from Hyderabad, India. She has spent most of her life in Durham attending Githens Middle, Riverside High, and NC School of Science and Math. She found her passion for dentistry after she graduated UNC-Chapel Hill. As an AmeriCorps Public Ally, she met a dentist who introduced her to the different aspects of the field, and she quickly found a passion for the art, results, and positive patients - especially the kids! Within 6 months of meeting the dentist, she was accepted into UNC School of Dentistry.

After earning her dental degree, she became the Dental Director of a Children's Health Department Dental Clinic in Lexington, NC. Dr. Jenny is a recognized, sought-after pediatric dentist. Her accomplishments and awards speak to her drive, ambition, and passion for delivering quality care:

  • UNC Chapel Hill Kenan Flagler School of Business Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • UNC Chapel Hill General Alumni Association Distinguished Young Alumni Award
  • Founder of Nourish International, a non-profit dedicated to developing social impact leaders
  • Founder of Tom and Jenny's Candy Company (sugar-free, tooth-friendly sweets!)

She treats every child like a star, and makes each patient feel comfortable and excited about their dental health journey. She has two little stars of her own, Ava and Ella with her husband, Tommy Thekkekandam. Tommy and Dr. Jenny have a passion project of making delicious tasty treats that are sugar free for everyone to enjoy! They love to bake, eat, hike, swim and explore the world! 

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Dr. Jenny Citineni
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Get to Know Dr. Emilee

Dr. Emilee Hrtyanski was born and raised in West Virginia, and earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from West Virginia University School of Dentistry. She completed her pediatric dentistry residency at Texas A&M, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She is board-certified with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry.

In Dr. Emilee's free time, she loves traveling with her fiancé, spoiling her puppy, practicing yoga, and cheering on her beloved Mountaineers.

The Smile First Team

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