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 mothers.

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

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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.

Entertainment

• 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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Positive 
Reinforcement

• 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 found her passion for dentistry after she graduated college. 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! In 2006, she started dental school at UNC.

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 leadership and emotional intelligence
  • Founder of Tom and Jenny's Candy Company (sugar-free, tooth-friendly sweets!)

When a family enters our Durham office, Dr. Jenny offers disarming, fun-loving, enthusiastic care. She treats every child like a star, and makes each patient feel comfortable and excited about their dental health journey.

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Dr. Jenny Citineni
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Dr Yvette Thompson
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Get to Know Dr. Yvette

Dr. Yvette Thompson was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. She completed dental school at the Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco in 2008. She quickly realized her passion was working with children and after practicing general dentistry for three years she began further training to specialize in children. She completed her residency training at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland Oregon in 2013.

Dr. Yvette achieved board certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2015. She is an adjunct assistant professor in Pediatric Dentistry at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.

It is Dr. Yvette’s mission to treat children with gentleness, compassion and respect while making dentistry fun so that they can grow to be healthy adults without fear of dentistry. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Dr Yvette lives in Chapel Hill with Dr. Eric Thompson, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Duke Children’s hospital. When they are not treating pediatric patients, they spend their quality time with their two adorable sons, Joaquin and Javier.

Get to Know Dr. Robin Croswell

It’s our great privilege to introduce Dr. Robin Croswell to all of our Smile First families. Dr. Robin is a pediatric dentist with over 30 years of experience! 

She completed her pediatric dental specialization with a Master of Science degree from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Santa Clara University. Dr. Robin is also a mother of two boys, so she takes pride in being able to understand the needs of parents and in giving families the most practical recommendations.

Dr. Robin is passionate about kids and is fun, energetic, and loves to make her patients laugh. That’s why you may often catch her singing or doing the floss dance!

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The Smile First Team

Kimberly Lescinski

Assistant

Katie Neighbors

Care Coordinator

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