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A Place Your Smile Can Call Home.

Pediatric Excellence

for Infants - Adolescents! in Cameron, NC! to Last a Lifetime!

Dr. Mark Herring and the staff at Southern Smiles Pediatric Dentistry will work to ensure that your child receives only the best dental care possible.

what sets us apart?

The Southern Smiles Promise

Our dentists and staff aim to welcome your family with open arms to make each dental visit a calming and relaxing experience. You can call Southern Smiles your home for dental health and can confide in us as both partners and teammates.

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Your Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist

Mark Herring, DMD

Dr. Mark Herring is a North Carolina native, born and raised in Wilmington, NC. He received his undergraduate degrees at North Carolina State University, where he double majored in Spanish and human biology. He received his dental degree from the ECU School of Dental Medicine, graduating with honors. Dr. Mark went on to the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to pursue his certificate and specialty in pediatric dentistry, where he gained a keen interest and aptitude working with complex patients, children with special healthcare needs, and patients of all walks of life. Dr. Mark speaks Spanish fluently, which he enjoys putting to use in clinical practice with Spanish-speaking patients and families. Dr. Mark maintains board certification with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Mark and his wife, Dr. Xinxin “Stephanie” Zhang, an ophthalmologist, live in Fayetteville, NC. 

Featured Pediatric Services

Everything we do goes toward ensuring that your little one receives only
the most beneficial and effective treatment in a fun and non-threatening environment.

Infant Oral Care

Parents who are well-educated in children’s dental health can more adequately ensure that a child’s oral care needs are met.

Decay Prevention

Keeping a child’s teeth strong and healthy requires preventative measures. Prevention is the foundation of all we do!

Pulpal Therapy & Crowns

A dental treatment used to treat and preserve a child’s natural tooth that has been affected by an injury or tooth decay.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Modern dentistry has made it possible to fill cavities discreetly using tooth-colored fillings, also known as composites.

Your Child's Smile is Our Passion!

Dr. Herring places an emphasis on creating a welcoming atmosphere for every child and parent that walks into our office. Your treatment plan will be personalized around your areas of concern through evidence-backed research and the latest advancements in dental technology.

Now Offering the Latest Sedation Methods!

Little boy getting Inhalation Sedation

Nitrous Oxide

Often referred to as laughing gas, is used by dentists to help your child relax during treatment. It is a safe sedative that is combined with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask during treatment. Once treatment is complete and the mask is removed, the effects of nitrous oxide fade quickly as fresh air is breathed into the lungs.

A child is happy after dental treatment

Oral Sedation

Your child’s experience is designed to be as positive as possible. Our team members will always take the time to explain the rationale for this recommendation, and will discuss your expectations from start to finish.

Pediatric dentist doing Inhalation Sedation to a child

General Anesthesia

For some children, dental treatment under general anesthesia is necessary to provide the best possible experience while still completing all necessary treatment. Anesthesia is recommended for several different reasons including: previous traumatic experiences, extensive needs, special healthcare needs, or generally high anxiety or fear of the dentist.

Parents Love Our Gentle Approach!

We pride ourselves on providing care with the same sensitivity and compassion our loved ones receive. Your child’s needs will always be addressed in a collaborative manner.

specialized care

Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

Starting regular checkups early in your child’s life allow us to catch decay and signs of gum disease before they become serious, so we can correct any underlying hygiene issues and prevent problems. We can also identify and address potential orthodontic problems before they evolve into bigger money- and time-consuming issues.

A Fun & Inviting Atmosphere!

Your child deserves an outstanding experience at the dentist. At Southern Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, you can expect to have all your questions answered in a warm and transparent manner.

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What Age Range Do Help Treat?

We see everything from infants/babies (0-24 months) to young children and adolescents (5-18 years of age)! We offer a variety of preventive, restorative, and even cosmetic services tailored to your child’s growth and development! To schedule a dental exam or checkup, call our office directly at 910-947-5433 to get started! 

Where a great smile is a journey
and not a destination!

From our unique waiting room to our treatment areas, every space is designed to cater to our most important visitors- your children. We follow strict OSHA and sterilization guidelines to assure your child a safe, modern, and fun place for their dental visits.

safety & comfort come first

Ready To Smile?
Contact Us Today!

As an in-network provider with all major dental insurance companies, we offer you the ultimate in convenience and flexibility and are happy to file your primary insurance claim on your behalf.

We want you and your child’s time with us to be as stress-free, beneficial, and rewarding as possible, and we look forward to working our hardest to ensure this happens.


Same-Day Exams Available Upon Request!


Breaking news: We moved!

Come visit Southern Smiles at 2305 NC 24-87, Cameron, NC 28326 for your next appointment.