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Mark Herring, DMD
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. 

“My goal as a pediatric dentist is to provide a place for kids to thrive, excel, and feel comfortable coming to the dentist. The biggest impact to overall dental health is making sure kids get off to a healthy start, and my staff and I pride ourselves in making each patient experience a positive occasion. Our aim is to provide an environment in which coming to the dentist isn’t such an intimidating experience, and in fact, a fun time. We strive to treat our patients with compassion, integrity, and above all, with dignity. Southern Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is a place where we will partner with patients and caregivers to help them achieve excellent oral health and confidence with their smiles.” 

- Mark Herring, DMD
Your Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist

Zev Orentlikher, DDS

Dr. Zev Orentlikher is a board-certified pediatric dentist who is proficient in providing comprehensive therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special healthcare needs.

Dr. Zev grew up in Israel and served in the Israeli Army. After completing his military service he moved to New York City to pursue his education at the State University of New York at Purchase College. He graduated with summa cum laude honors earning a degree of Bachelor of Science with concentration in Biology and Pre-medical Sciences. He was accepted into the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and graduated with cum laude honors. It was during his fourth year in dental school when he developed his passion towards serving the pediatric population and their families while volunteering in free clinics and going on mission trips. 

Following graduation, Dr. Zev completed a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) at the Eastman Institute of Oral Health-Strong Memorial Hospital University of Rochester, NY. Dr. Zev was granted a position in a pediatric dental specialty hospital program in New York City at Maimonides Medical Center, the sole Level 1 trauma facility of pediatric care in Brooklyn. 

After many harsh winters, he decided to relocate to a sunnier climate, settling in Pinehurst, North Carolina with his family. He describes himself as a “typical dad” who enjoys the company of his wife and two children. Parents and children know him as a go-to compassionate pediatric dentist who treats anyone in his chair like family.

- Zev Orentlikher, DDS

The Southern Smiles Core Values

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Southern Smiles has been serving the families of Cameron, Fayetteville, and Ft. Liberty for nearly a decade. Our goal is to make Southern Smiles a place where you can feel at home for your oral health.

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We emphasize patient and caregiver education and engagement to assure that you can make the most informed and educated decision regarding your child’s oral health.

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Children..and teeth…come in all shapes, sizes, and dispositions. We’ll fit our approach per your child to keep them at ease and to provide the best experience.

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Dr. Mark and staff have years of experience working with children from all walks of life. We’re here to take the stress out of a dental visit!

Your First Visit is All About You & Your Child!

During your child’s first visit, we will review their dental and medical history forms, and take X-rays of their teeth and mouth. Dr. Herring will then meet with you and your child to discuss the X-rays, help create an individual treatment plan, and answer any questions that you may have. 


We understand that your child may feel anxious about visiting the dentist. We are sensitive to children’s needs and it is our goal to make your child feel comfortable visiting our practice while providing the best care possible.

Absolutely phenomenal staff! My oldest has sensory issues, and usually wont let anyone near him with the loud cleaning tool; not the case today! His hygienist had him laid back, and was able to do a full cleaning without any issues. So impressed with this place!!


My kids love going there! Always so friendly and I never feel rushed when I'm talking to them about my concerns with my kids' teeth. I recommend Southern Smiles whenever I hear of someone trying to find a pediatric dentist! Ya'll are fantastic!


Southern Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is a great place for the little ones! My 22 month old was very happy here. Hygienist was super knowledgeable and gave me good tips. The dentist was very welcoming and friendly. Awesome visit all around!


Entrust Your Child With the Very Best

Our entire dental team is dedicated to your child’s health and helping maintain their beautiful smile for many years to come. Dr. Herring and the team at Southern Smiles combine gentle care with years of exceptional pediatric expertise.