The Duke Children’s Dentistry program provides a broad spectrum of services from routine dental care to complex restorations.
We also offer pediatric dentistry for patients with complex medical problems, including dental health screening for patients prior to transplant, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, management of patients at risk for sub-acute bacterial endocarditis, and management of patients with bleeding disorders.
Dental procedures are performed in a state-of-the-art, child-friendly office. Consultations with a variety of medical and surgical specialties are readily available within Duke Children’s.
Pediatric dentists are specialists with two to three years of post-doctoral training who are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years. Our specialized education consists of child psychology, growth and development, management of oral-facial trauma, sedation and general anesthesia.
We believe that the first dental examination for a child should occur between the ages of 12 and 18 months. Early diagnosis and treatment (if necessary) can prevent later, more serious problems.
Goals: We want your child to graduate from our practice with a healthy dentition and a positive attitude toward dental care. A healthy dentition is free from decay, periodontal disease and malocclusion. The prevention of dental disease is a team effort, so don’t be surprised if we ask for your help at our office. We welcome parents to stay with their child for all appointments.
Before the first visit: Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. Convey good feelings to your child about dental visits being a part of growing up. Explain that the dentist will look at and count all of his or her teeth. Please do not tell your child that the dentist will not hurt, as this may have never entered his or her mind. Rather, emphasize that the dentist will be gentle and friendly. Avoid using words like needle, drill, shot, pull or any other word suggesting unpleasantness. Expect your child to do well and enjoy the first visit to our office and chances are, they will.
Our dentistry program includes routine dental care, as well as treatment of dental cavities and dental trauma.
Our programs include the:
- Infant Oral Health Program
- Oral Habit Cessation Program
- Early Intervention Orthodontic Program
- Pediatric Dental Trauma Program
- Oral Pathology Diagnostic Program
Physicians and Staff
|Name||Areas of Special Interest|
|Martha Ann Keels, DDS, PhD||General pediatric dentistry, preventive dental care, early preventive orthodontics, oral pathology, dental trauma, dental needs of medically compromised children, children requiring general anesthesia for dental care|
|Cynthia A. Neal, DDS||General pediatric dentistry, preventive dental care, early preventive orthodontics, oral pathology, dental trauma, dental needs of medically compromised children, children requiring general anesthesia for dental care|
|Kerry A. Dove, DMD MS||General pediatric dentistry, preventive dental care, early interceptive orthodontics, oral pathology, dental trauma, dental needs of medically compromised children and those with special health care needs, children requiring general anesthesia for dental care|
Office Hours and Locations
Duke Pediatric Dentistry
2711 N. Duke St.
Durham, NC 27704
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Appointments and Contact Information
For an appointment, please call 919-220-1416.