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DC Pediatric Smiles

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).

5640 Shields Drive

Bethesda, MD





Awards & Honors:
“Best Pediatric Dentist,” Bethesda Magazine Best of Bethesda Readers’ Poll, 2019

Welcome to DC Pediatric Smiles! Here, your child’s dental visit is as fun as a trip to the beach. Our motto is simple: “Laugh. Grow. Smile.” Our families love the positive, encouraging experience we provide to kids of all ages. From your child’s first experience, you will notice our practice is unique. The all-star team at DC Pediatric Smiles is committed to providing children with a comfortable and approachable introduction to dentistry.

Step into our office and you will be immersed in the bright, clean, beach house vibe of coastal California. We are committed to creating the safest environment possible for your child’s dental visit. As a bonus, we offer online, mobile-friendly forms, automated payment and reminders, curbside check-in, and let’s hear it for ample free surface parking! For busy parents, we understand convenience is key.

As a father of three young kids, Dr. Blank understands the importance of connecting with all patients to ensure their first impression of the dentist is positive. In particular, patients with autism and children with unique medical conditions find a comforting home at DC Pediatric Smiles. As a board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Blank relies strongly on evidence-based training to care for patients. Parents play a key role in the practice’s team-approach to treatment. Ultimately, we all share the common goal of creating a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles!

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