About dental practice

      Meet the Southern Smiles Family

      Welcome to Southern Smiles, your trusted dental home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. At Southern Smiles, we believe in the power of a warm and welcoming environment, where patients become a part of our extended family.
      Our commitment is simple yet profound: to provide exceptional dental care that places your needs at the forefront. We understand that the journey to optimal oral health is a partnership between you and your dentist, and we strive to make every step of that journey as comfortable and effective as possible.
      Our practice is led by Dr. Jennifer Hughes, D.M.D., and Dr. Mimi Hoang, DMD, dedicated professionals committed to lifelong learning and continuing education. With a focus on excellence in treatment and a genuine concern for your oral and overall well-being, Dr. Hughes and Dr. Hoang are your trusting guide to achieving the smile you've always dreamed of.

      Southern Smiles: Your Dental Home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

      Our Team


      Jennifer Ingels Hughes


      Dr. Hughes grew up in Hattiesburg, graduating from Hattiesburg High School in 1991. She graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Biology. She attended the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. After graduating from Dental School in 1999, she moved to Hattiesburg. She practiced in a Community Health Center for several years before opening her own office, Southern Smiles, PLLC, in 2003. She is currently a member of the South Mississippi Dental Society, the Mississippi Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. Dr. Hughes has 2 children and enjoys scrapbooking, cycling, scuba diving, and traveling.


      Mimi Hoang


      Dr. Hoang is a Hattiesburg native, who graduated from Oak Grove High School in 2007. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. She attended the University of Mississippi Medical Center and received her Master's degree in Biomedical Science with honors before graduating from Dental School. She was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Periodontics and Outstanding Achievement in Operative Dentistry in 2019 before moving back to her hometown, Hattiesburg. She is currently an active member of the Mississippi Dental Association, American Dental Association, Mississippi Association of Women Dentists, and South Mississippi Dental Society. When she isn’t practicing dentistry, Dr. Hoang loves crafting, baking, and spending time outdoors.




      Our Hygienist, Angela, prides herself on exceptional care for her patients. She gathers needed diagnostic information, such as x-rays, dental charting, and periodontal charting. She also provides our patients with gentle and thorough professional dental cleanings and periodontal therapy. Angela was a Dental Assistant for Dr Hughes for 8 years prior to going back to school for Dental Hygiene. Angela graduated from Pearl River Community College in Dental Assisting in 2006 and the Dental Hygiene Program in 2016. She received the coveted Preventive Dentistry Award, an award for the hygienist who is the most thorough in educating patients about their dental health. Angela is very efficient and organized and treats every patient with thoughtfulness and consideration. She is fabulous at taking care of our patients' needs and enjoys helping patients feel more comfortable.