San Antonio’s Pediatric Dentists

Who knew a kid’s dentist could be so much fun?

"Our vision is to be your partner in maintaining your child’s dental health so that they develop lifelong healthy dental and nutrition habits."

Kids love how fun our office is and parents love the state of the art facilities.

Our dentist, orthodontist and front office are here to help you and your kids.

Hear from the pros why Scuba Smiles is the best…

Our fun environment will instantly put your child at ease.

Convenient Location

Conveniently located in north- central San Antonio at Lockhill Selma and Huebner, with easy access from IH 10 or 1604.

We Offer Privacy

We have both private rooms and an open bay area.

Reception Area

We have a large aquarium with colorful fish!

Our Services

The kids love us for our state-of-the-art, fun, animated office! Parents love us because of our dedicated doctors and staff.

Sedation or anesthesia helps nervous children receive the treatment they need.

At the Scuba Smiles, children are rated on a scale of cooperative ability. With years of experience, Dr. Farmer can determine the best method of treatment for your child.

Early pediatric dentist visits and exams are recommended by age one to help in the prevention of cavities.

Get your child started with a cleaning, while also allowing us to gain a comprehensive overview of their dental health.

Preventive dental care is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, especially for little kids.

Dental cleanings will remove plaque from your child’s teeth and gum line preventing tartar buildup.

The sooner orthodontic conditions are corrected, the better.

Our orthodontist ​is​ ​a​ ​Board​ ​Certified​ ​specialist​ ​in​ ​Orthodontics​ ​and​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the American​ ​Association​ ​of​ ​Orthodontics.

Fluoride treatments and sealants can help prevent and reverse decay.

A fluoride varnish is placed directly on your child’s teeth. Your child can eat and drink right away, and the protection will last up to 3 months!

A cavity risk assessment prior to cavities is the key...

Visits help you and your dentist identify factors that might increase your child’s risk for cavities.

Let the reviews speak for themselves.

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5.0
Based on 114 reviews
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4.9
Based on 501 reviews
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Dr. Lela Farmer

Board-certified pediatric dentist

She is a North Carolina native who first moved to Texas in 2006 to attend Rice University. After graduating, she attended dental school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 2014.

Dr. Lori Fulk

Board-certified orthodontist

Dr. Lori is a Board Certified specialist in Orthodontics and a member of the American Association of Orthodontics. She graduated Magnum Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University as biology student of the year and then completed her degree in June of 1999 at SIU school of Dental Medicine. In 2001, she achieved her Masters degree in Orthodontics at St. Louis University.

Dr. Ashley Loudermilk

Board-certified pediatric dentist

Dr. Ashley Loudermilk is a board-certified pediatric dentist and member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association. She graduated from Hendrix College with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology before attending dental school. In 2013, she earned her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The specialty of Pediatric Dentistry requires an additional 2-3 years training beyond general dentistry in the unique aspects of oral health care of infants, children and adolescents. The specialty of Pediatric Dentistry is regulated by the AAPD, and certified pediatric dentists can be located through their website at aapd.org

There are many children’s books on first dental visits, choose wisely if you want to use this method.

Parents are encouraged not to “make a big deal” out of the visit. Most children suspect something is up if huge rewards and promises are made before the appointment. Also, parents are encouraged to refrain from using words that could cause unnecessary fear or anxiety such as pain, blood, shot, drill, yank, pull, or needle. We are experienced in dealing with childhood anxiety and can explain treatment in a simple and non-threatening manner. For young children anxiety and fear of the unknown is quite normal. Most warm up with repeated appointments and a gentle approach.

Parents, if you have concerns or want all the details, or if you personally have a fear of dentistry, it is best to ask to speak with one of our staff in private.

Dental exams for infants and very young children are best accomplished by having the parent hold the child while facing the doctor sitting knee to knee.  In this manner, the child’s head can be positioned in the dentist’s lap while the parent holds their child’s hands on their tummy. This allows good visualization for both the parent and the dentist. A similar technique can be used at home to hold the child for brushing and flossing.

During the examination, we will record your child’s medical and dental history, complete an oral examination, provide tooth charting and discuss any finding with you. Older cooperative children may also get a cleaning, and we may take diagnostic x-rays as part of the visit. It is important to keep first visits positive, to provide a good framework for future appointments.

• Crown Fractures: Involve fractures of the enamel and/or dentin. These may involve exposure of the nerve (pulp).
• Root Fractures: A fracture of the root portion of the tooth below the gum line.
• Concussion Injuries: Trauma that arises when a tooth is hit or bumped, although the tooth does not get loose. Many of these type of injuries require long term follow-up as the damage from the injury can slowly progress.
• Subluxation Injuries: Trauma that occurs when a tooth is injured that makes the tooth loose, but without displacement.
• Intrusion Injuries: The tooth is pushed up into the socket and may be completely buried.
• Extrusion Injuries: The tooth is partially pulled out of the socket. These type of injuries require splinting.
•Avulsions: The tooth is completely knocked out of the socket. These injuries may require replacement and splinting.

We see many types of injuries that involve the mouth and teeth. If these occur during normal office hours, we will do our best to work you into our schedule in a timely manner. Some children will need to be seen in the Emergency Room prior to the dental office, loss of consciousness, dizziness, altered alertness, balance, hearing or visual difficulties are present, as these conditions require immediate medical attention.