Dr. Canham graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry in 1993. Dr. Canham practiced in a large group practice in suburban Chicago for 7 years before relocating to Hilton Head Island in 2000. Once on Hilton Head Island, Dr. Canham purchased the practice Southern Smiles, located in a 900 square foot office located in the Courtyard Building just off of the Sea Pines Circle. In 2005 Southern Smiles relocated to mid-island to the brand new Lifespan Building. In 2013 Southern Smiles moved for a third time to our completely renovated, state of the art 3900 square foot facility at 15 Lafayette Place.
In his now 20 years in dentistry, Dr. Canham has completed nearly 1000 hours of advanced training in many new procedures and innovations in modern dentistry.
Some of the areas that Dr. Canham has advanced training in, and now offers to patients of Southern Smiles include Cosmetic Dentistry, Orthodontics, Implants, Endodontics (root canals) Sedation Dentistry, TMJ Dysfunction, Sleep Apnea and Cosmetic Dentures. He belongs to several professional associations both in dentistry and in the community.
Dr. Canham and his wife Jeanie are residents of Hilton Head Island and have four children aged from 7 to 22 years old. Dr. Canham is an avid sports fan. In his free time, Dr. Canham enjoys golfing, coaching, going to the beach and spending time with his family.
Maggie Humbert has decided to join Southern Smiles Dentistry after being a patient for many years. Maggie, her husband Tracy and 3 children have all had their Orthodontics completed by Dr. James Canham. After many dental visits throughout her orthodontic treatment Maggies love for dentistry and changing peoples lives grew and she then decided she wanted to come to work for Dr. Canham. You will see Maggie as you enter the doors at Southern Smiles with her radiant bright smile. When Maggie is out of the office she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Jennifer is our patient care coordinator who will greet you with her caring smile and friendly demeanor as you enter our office.
Jennifer has been with Southern Smiles for 7 years, mostly as Dr. Canham’s head clinical assistant. She has made the transition from dental assisting to our patient care coordinator and managing the front desk. Jennifer now is in charge of scheduling, appointment reminders, making financial arrangements as well as helping with insurance issues, Jennifer’s clinical knowledge and experience helps with answering many of the questions that our patients have. She is highly trained in all areas of the dental office, which is why she often helps out assisting with patient care.
Jennifer is originally from Chicago, IL and moved to the Hilton Head area in 2005. Jennifer’s time away from the office is spent outdoors and enjoying her children’s sporting events.
Kelly has been a part of Southern Smiles for 3 years and is a wonderful asset to our office as our lead dental assistant. Kelly assists Dr. Canham in all dental procedures but is particularly skilled in oral surgery, dental implants, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.
Coming from Venezuela, Kelly is a liaison for our Spanish-speaking patients and performs basic business office procedures such as scheduling appointments, handling the phones and helping facilitate check-in/check-out for our Hispanic patients. Kelly particularly enjoys the cosmetic procedures performed at Southern Smiles including smile makeovers, Zoom Whitening and being our digital photographer. When not at the office, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family.
Terra Carter is the newest addition to Southern Smiles Dentistry. Terra has been a fantastic hygienist for over 7 years. She does a terrific job of providing dental care and educating patients about periodontal disease. Terra is very meticulous and methodical in her patient care. Terra is highly skilled in treating gum disease, placing sealants, placing local antibiotic, preventing cavities and most importantly, co-diagnosing dental disease. Before moving to Hilton Head, Terra lived and worked in Atlanta, GA where she enjoyed everything the city had to offer... but the coast was always calling her name. Terra enjoys taking her dog Nikko to the beach and getting in a game of volleyball whenever possible.