Durham Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Welcome to
Durham Pediatric Dentistry
and Orthodontics

Serving Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, and surrounding areas

Durham Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics offers compassionate care in a warm and welcoming environment. We believe that every child deserves to be treated like a member of our own family, with kindness and respect. Our goal is to make each visit positive, fun, and filled with laughter. As specialists, we see infants, children, adolescents, and individuals with special healthcare needs.

We understand that every child is unique. That is why we provide individualized care for each pediatric and orthodontic patient we see. We know that every family and child has different needs and desires. We work with you to develop a conservative, compassionate, and customized plan tailored to your child.

Our board-certified pediatric dentists and their fantastic team are excited to meet you and welcome you to the Durham Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics family!

Come meet the friendly
and helpful staff at
Durham Pediatric Dentistry
& Orthodontics

Learn more about why
Durham Pediatric Dentistry
is the right choice for
your child's dental health.

Having both Pediatric Dentists
& an Orthodintist under the
same roof is both unique and
convenient for our families



What Parents Are Saying About Us

My daughters absolutely love Dr. Rob! He is amazing. He gives me great overall advice to help me better care for my two daughters. Dr. John is amazing too. The girls were seeing Dr. John prior to Dr. Rob joining the practice years ago. They have been patients with the practice since they were one year old, now they’re 5 and 8. The office manager and front desk staff are amazing and very knowledgeable!!!

April S.
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Dr. Rob Christensen is amazing. He is always ready and willing to help in any and every situation needed. He always calls to check up on his patients after any major appointment (extractions, etc) and takes time to answer all of your questions. He even asks about how siblings are doing as well. Dr. Rob and all of the staff really make you feel like part of the family. We have seen multiple “family” dentists in the area and Dr. Rob is by far the best.

Emilie L.
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Dr. Rob Christensen is amazing. He is always ready and willing to help in any and every situation needed. He always calls to check up on his patients after any major appointment (extractions, etc) and takes time to answer all of your questions. He even asks about how siblings are doing as well. Dr. Rob and all of the staff really make you feel like part of the family. We have seen multiple “family” dentists in the area and Dr. Rob is by far the best.

Emilie L.
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Have been going for 2 years now - only good things to say! Short wait, efficient billing, super kid-centric office and staff couldn’t be more gentle, friendly, and helpful to my daughter! X-rays scared her and both Dr Rob and Hygienist Yidara were super creative and fun in their approach - and they succeeded to get those images!.

Caitlin M.
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We love Durham Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics! Each time we come, I'm blown away by the kindness and caring of the staff. They make every effort to ensure that children feel safe & welcomed in the space, and have gone the extra mile several times to make sure my anxious son has a positive experience at the dentist. Dr. Rob is fantastic, and my kids left the dentist this past week already looking forward to their next visit.

Elizabeth M. B.
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We love Durham Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics! Each time we come, I'm blown away by the kindness and caring of the staff. They make every effort to ensure that children feel safe & welcomed in the space, and have gone the extra mile several times to make sure my anxious son has a positive experience at the dentist. Dr. Rob is fantastic, and my kids left the dentist this past week already looking forward to their next visit.

Elizabeth M. B.
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I recently took my 5 year old son to Durham Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics for the first time. Originally, he had seen another dentist at an unrelated office and had very bad experiences there. We tried switching to Durham Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics and have been amazed at the difference with Dr. Rob Christensen and the rest of the team. I never wanted my son to have a fear of going to the dentist and I'm now confident that this is the right choice. Every time we've been there my son has left happy, proud of himself and excited to go back again. THANK YOU for the high quality of work and making a positive difference in my son's life!

Nicholas M.
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We’d give Dr. John and his amazing team more than 5 stars if we could. Hands down, the most meticulous, thoughtful, pro-active, professional and knowledgeable ortho we’ve worked with. Our child’s case was complex and Dr. John was more than up to the task. He communicated with us throughout the process and referred us to top notch specialists for consultation and surgery. His practice is super organized and his team is friendly, responsive, understanding… an overall excellent experience.

Janet S.
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Today was our first visit and it was great! The staff was friendly and welcoming and Dr. Rob was fantastic! When I told them my daughter has special needs Dr. Rob called me the morning of her appointment to ask how he could make my daughter feel more comfortable. Can't say enough good things!!

Emma S.
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They were absolutely fantastic with my toddler son today! It was his first dental appointment and he was very anxious, but they put him at ease right away in the lobby. Dr. Jamie was also so wonderful with him. In the car on the way home, my son asked when he can go back to the dentist.

Katie B. S.
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5-star rating on over 150 reviews on Google.

We Imagine...

An office where children laugh with their dentist while receiving the best possible care.

An office where children learn about good dental health in a warm and professional environment.

An office where children develop habits that will keep their teeth healthy and strong.

We Believe…

Dental health is essential to overall well-being.

Children who receive treatment in an open and compassionate environment will remain lifelong dental patients with good oral health.

That a beautiful smile opens doors and warms hearts for a lifetime.

It is our privilege to provide this care to your children!

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  • The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental examination around the time of first tooth eruption or no later than 12 months of age.
  • It is important to begin establishing your child’s oral hygiene routine before teeth erupt. Use an infant toothbrush or soft washcloth to clean the gums after feedings. Cleaning while laying down can improve visibility and access to the mouth.
  • Teething can start around the time of the first tooth eruption and last until the last baby tooth erupts. Gentle brushing and oral analgesics are typically sufficient to manage symptoms. Avoid using topical anesthetics or homeopathic remedies.
  • Once the first tooth erupts, clean your baby’s teeth with a toothbrush using no more than a “rice-sized” amount of fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Nocturnal feedings and/or frequent nursing after the age of 1 may increase the risk of cavities. Gently brush or wipe the teeth with a damp cloth after feedings.
  • Cavity-causing bacteria can be passed from parents to children. Reduce this risk by minimizing the sharing of cups and utensils.
  • Many children will stop their pacifier or thumb/finger sucking habits by age 2. However, some children may need more assistance than others. Please talk with us about ideas and support for stopping these habits.
  • Injuries to teeth can happen as your child begins to walk. Minimize your child’s risk by childproofing your home (ie: covering electrical outlets, placing furniture corner protectors, and using bathtub nozzle covers).
  • Brush your child’s teeth twice daily using a “pea-sized” amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Floss between all teeth that are touching. Parents should continue to brush for their children until they are 8 to 9 years old.
  • To maintain a healthy smile, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends regular dental check-ups every 6 months.
  • New recommendations encourage cow’s milk and water only. All other sugary beverages should be less than 4 to 6 ounces per day or none at all!
  • Sticky snacks, including gummy supplements, will increase the risk of cavities. Minimize grazing and have organized snacks and mealtimes.
  • Permanent molars and incisors are first seen around 6 to 7 years old.
  • Parents should continue to assist with brushing until children are 8 to 9 years old. Floss once daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
  • Some children may benefit from sealants or interceptive orthodontics. Your pediatric dentist can provide more individualized information during examinations.
  • Mouthguards are encouraged for all active athletes once permanent teeth begin to emerge. Your pediatric dentist can review the pros and cons of custom versus store bought mouthguards.
  • Parents should continue to encourage proper daily flossing and brushing routines. Supervision may be required in some cases.
  • Water-based diets are still encouraged. Avoid or minimize the number of sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks consumed. Monitor junk food consumption.
  • Some teenagers may benefit from sealants on 12-year molars or comprehensive orthodontics. Your pediatric dentist can provide more individualized information during examinations.
  • Wisdom tooth removal is typically evaluated towards the end of high school.
  • Congratulations! As an expecting mom, maintaining your dental health is an important part of prenatal care. 
  • The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that all pregnant women visit their dentist for regular dental care during pregnancy. Research has shown that mothers with poor oral health are at a greater risk of passing cavity-causing bacteria to their children. 
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene can help lower the number of cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth. Brush twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing regularly, and minimizing frequent sugar exposures in your diet.
  • It is recommended that expecting mothers who experience frequent vomiting from morning sickness rinse with a cup of water containing a teaspoon of baking soda and wait one hour before brushing to minimize acid damage to the teeth.
  • Pediatric dentists undergo specialized training to provide optimal dental care to patients with special healthcare needs. Our dentists at Durham Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics have extensive experience working with patients of all backgrounds. 
  • At our office, we value the unique qualities of each individual and work to provide individualized dental care specific to each child’s needs.
  • When making an appointment, please let us know if your child has special healthcare needs. This helps us best prepare for your child’s upcoming dental visit.
  • Frequent consumption of between-meal snacks and sugary beverages increases a child’s cavity risk. This is due to the extended contact between the sugars in the food or beverage and cavity-causing bacteria on the teeth. To help reduce your child’s risk for cavities, implement designated snack times to help eliminate prolonged grazing. 
  • Choose snacks such as yogurt, cheese, whole fruits, and vegetables (snacks that do not stick to teeth) over gummy fruit snacks, sticky dried fruits, or starchy crackers/chips, which are more likely to lead to cavities. 
  • Encourage water over sugary beverages, especially between meals.
  • Sippy cups should be used for water only throughout the day to avoid prolonged exposure to sugary drinks.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding giving juice to children younger than one year of age.
  • Do not put your child to bed with a bottle containing anything but water.
  • Mouthguards are important protective equipment and instrumental in dental health. We recommend mouthguards to any child participating in a sport or activity that involves the potential for falls or collisions.
  • Mouthguards help prevent damage to the teeth and facial structures by redistributing shock and cushioning the blow from a forceful impact.
  • There are many different types of mouthguards including stock or over-the-counter mouthguards, “boil and bite” mouthguards, and custom mouthguards. We can help provide recommendations regarding which type of mouthguard would best suit your child’s needs.