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Derek Blank, DDS

From left: Sarah Ford, Pediatric Dental Hygienist, Sydney Coles, Pediatric Dental Hygienist, Meredith Sellers, Office Manager, Dr. Derek Blank, Pediatric Dentist, Elsy Estrada, Pediatric Dental Assistant, Aned Mollinedo, Clinical Manager, Shae Coleman, Patient Experience Coordinator. Not pictured: Allison Ledesma, Clinical Outreach Coordinator (catching waves at surf camp during photo).

DC Pediatric Smiles


5640 Shields Drive
Bethesda, MD 20817


Phone: 301-363-9026


Q: What is unique about your practice?

A: At DC Pediatric Smiles, your child’s dental visit is as fun as a trip to the beach. Step into our office and you’ll be immersed in the bright, clean, beach house vibe of coastal California. Our team is committed to providing children with a comfortable and approachable introduction to dentistry in the safest environment possible. Our motto is simple: Laugh. Grow. Smile. Families love the positive, encouraging experience we provide kids of all ages. We also understand that convenience is key for busy parents. We offer online, mobile-friendly forms, contactless reception, curbside check-in and ample free surface parking.

Q: How would your patients describe you?

A: I think patients would say I’m fun, energetic, patient and approachable. As a father of three young kids, I understand the importance of connecting with all my patients to ensure their first impression of the dentist is positive. Coming into the dental setting understandably can be intimidating and scary for kids (and parents too). Our team is talented at easing any fear through their laidback, calm and confident approach to care. That’s how we’ve been crushing sugar bugs since 2017.

Q: What makes you different from other dentists?

A: The inclusive nature of our practice. I founded DC Pediatric Smiles on the principles of celebrating diversity and service to the greater community. In particular, patients with autism and children with unique medical needs find a comforting home at DC Pediatric Smiles. We are so fortunate to be located in such a dynamic, diverse region of the country. Our team strives to provide fun, kid-friendly dentistry in a positive setting to all families to build healthy, happy smiles for a lifetime.

Awards & Honors:
“Best Pediatric Dentist”, Bethesda Magazine, Best of Bethesda Readers’ Poll, 2019; Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

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